Somerset’s Annual Former Players Dinner was held in the Colin Atkinson Pavilion on Saturday evening and it saw the welcome return to Taunton of two former heroes from the Glory Years team- Hallam Moseley and Phil Slocombe.
Fast bowler Hallam, who hails from Barbados played between 1971 and 82 and is the leading List A wicket taker for Somerset, whilst batsman Phil Slocombe from Weston super Mare played for the county between 1975 and 83.
The evening commenced with a group photograph of all of the former players who were present after which David Gurr, the Chairman of the Former Players Association who appeared for Somerset between 1976 and 79 welcomed everybody and then remembered those members who had died during the past 12 months.
Richard Parsons the President of SCCC then spoke briefly before presenting former players ties to Hallam Moseley and Phil Slocombe.
Former County Ground favourite Keith Parsons who is also one of the small group who help to organize the former players group made a special associate membership presentation to Sally Donoghue, to mark her 30 years with Somerset during which she has done so much to help so many of the former players over the years.
Keith Parsons then interviewed Peter Robinson who talked about Brian Close, who had died over the winter as well as other characters from past years, and Dutchman Roland Lefebvre who played for the county between 1990 and 92.
The evening concluded with a short speech from Chief Executive Guy Lavender who talked about the importance of the strong family atmosphere that pervades the club and is thankfully still a large part of Somerset CCC.
The evening continued after the three course dinner and then many of those present gathered again on Sunday morning in one of the hospitality boxes in the Somerset Pavilion where they enjoyed a day watching the game against Surrey as well as being treated to a carvery lunch by the Club.
David Gurr said: “This is one of the best former players gatherings that we have had and it was just fantastic to have people like Hallam Moseley and Phil Slocombe back here for the first time. In fact they were so pleased to be here that they hope to return again to catch up with us again later this summer.”
“We are most grateful to the club for hosting the annual dinner and also for inviting us as their guests for Sunday lunch, their generosity is very much appreciated.”
Dennis Breakwell another member of the Glory Years team who attended said: “I have been to many of the dinners and I think that this is the best one so far. It was great to see so many players from my time back here and hopefully next year we can encourage the likes of Brian Rose, Colin Dredge and Trevor Gard to be here as well either for the evening or the Sunday gathering. Every one of the players enjoyed themselves and it is great that the club continue to support so generously in the way that they do,
Any former players who are interested in knowing more about the Somerset Former Players Association should contact Sarah Trunks, the secretary, on 01823 425333 or email her email@example.com