It is doubtful that Manchester's Great Hall has ever looked so magnificent: the perfect venue decked out in green, white and red for the celebration of 100 years of the country's finest athletics club. Club members past and present descended upon the town hall on the evening of March 19th to eat, drink, reminisce and celebrate their club, and once there they enjoyed an evening of nostalgia and entertainment fitting of the occasion.
The night began with a nostalgic look back on the events and activities, the individuals, groups and teams that have combined together over the past century to make Sale Harriers Manchester the successful and welcoming club that we all know. With a glass in hand, guests were able to catch up with old friends and walk around a fantastic display that featured photos and descriptions of every section of the club and every era from the 1920s to the present day. In addition to the press cuttings and personal memories, space was even found for homemade Sale Harriers knitwear and original club kit.
As the pre-dinner drinks were finally consumed, nostalgia was replaced by celebration, as seats were taken, food eaten, and speeches given. In addition to speeches by club president and long-serving women's team manager Eric Hughes, chairman David Brown and Olympic Gold medallist Darren Campbell, there was musical entertainment provided by swing singer Cole Page and soul singer Wayne Allen. Fittingly, a commemorative cake was cut by Darren and Olympian Michelle Scutt, who were joined by some of the many Olympians and international athletes to have been produced by the club over the years.
As the formalities ended, the music played on and there were further opportunities for everyone to dance, chat and celebrate, with former members from as far away as Victoria, Australia and Nevada, USA joined by people from all over the UK and locals from Sale, Wythenshawe and other areas of Manchester. By the close, everyone in attendance could sit and reflect on the perfect way to celebrate 100 years of our club, and begin to think of ways to celebrate the 150th anniversary.
The centenary dinner will be covered more extensively in a special edition of The Harrier.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13