Mayor steps into the breach with speech

Scarborough's Mayor Councillor John Blackburn stepped into the breach and saved the day, when the guest speaker was unable to get to Scarborough Rugby Club's annual dinner.
Scarborough's Mayor Councillor John Blackburn stepped into the breach and saved the day, when the guest speaker was unable to get to Scarborough Rugby Club's annual dinner.

SCARBOROUGH’S mayor saved the day when a guest speaker was prevented from getting to the town by bad weather.

Trevor Kent-Jones, the President of the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union, was due to address members at the Scarborough Rugby Club annual dinner at Silver Royd but was prevented from travelling by heavy snowfall.

When he heard of the situation Cllr John Blackburn, who was a guest of the club at the dinner, stepped into the breach with an informative and amusing impromptu speech given to 130 diners.

He said that he was really a football man and an active Grimsby Town and Scarborough Athletic supporter and added that the rugby club was a huge asset to the sporting community of Scarborough. “Hopefully the new sports village proposed at Weaponness Valley Road could learn many lessons from the rugby club and its environmentally sensitive quality development,” he said.

He also gave a series of funny anecdotes and stories. Graeme Young, the club’s CEO, said: “We are very grateful that the Mayor generously took on the speaking duties for the indisposed Mr Kent-Jones and thank him for stepping in at such short notice and of course for his kind words. It is reassuring that the local authority hold the rugby club in such high regard.”