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Successful Long Room Dinner at Lord’s

The Long Room Dinner at Lord's Cricket GroundThe inaugural Long Room Dinner at Lord’s Cricket Ground earlier this term raised well over £10,000 for the 2012 Barbados cricket tour and prostate cancer.

During the evening, organised by Stamford School cricket professional Dean Headley, guests were treated to a tour of the England dressing room, where they had the opportunity to stand on the balcony overlooking the most famous cricket ground in the world. MC for the night was ex-Leicestershire and Warwickshire player Charlie Dagnall, who is now the sports commentator and pundit for BBC Radio Leicester. Geoff ‘Dusty’ Miller thoroughly entertained the audience as guest speaker, living up to his reputation as the best cricketing speaker in the world. Other guests included Ashes hero Gladstone Small and Old Stamfordian MJK Smith, England’s last double international in cricket and rugby.

Dinner was followed by the raffle prize draw and auction, which included two nights at a De Vere hotel anywhere in the country, a seven day trip to the Masters Golf tournament in Augusta, an ODI shirt signed by the England team and a chance to bid for your weight in wine. 

90% of the fundraising will go towards the 2012 Barbados Cricket Tour while 10% goes to prostate cancer. Some of the young cricketers have been doing their own fundraising for the tour by getting sponsored for how many runs, catches and wickets they made last season.

Ian Plant, chairman of The Old Stamfordian Club, commented “On behalf of the OS club, I would like to thank Dean for organising the dinner. The whole event was very well organised, with some excellent speeches and a great atmosphere. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to see ‘behind the scenes’ at Lord’s.”

Congratulations to all those involved who helped to make the dinner a success.