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EBA newsletter – August 20

Reflections on Dick McTaggart, the only Briton to win the Val Barker trophy. Simon Euan Smith rounds up the EBA news this week
Dick McTaggart

UNFORTUNATELY, health problems prevented a trio from Croydon EBA – Chairman Barry Penny, Vice-President Dave McCarthy and myself – from attending Harry Doherty’s funeral, but I was delighted to hear from his widow, Vivienne, that it went well. “There were around 130 there,” Vivienne said.

I’m not surprised. Harry was very popular – a staunch supporter of boxing, and the EBA movement. There have been tributes to him in several EBA newsletters. Vivienne asks that donations in his memory be made to The Stroke Association.

I mentioned previously that Barry Penny passed out after the July meeting, and was taken to hospital. The hospital couldn’t find the cause of the trouble – and, shockingly, they didn’t pick up that he had fractured his hip in the fall, and sent him home. After two days in pain, the doctor was called, and he immediately called an ambulance for Barry to be taken back to hospital – and he has had a hip replacement. He sounded his usual cheerful self when I rang him. “I’m getting there,” he said. “Very slowly, but I’m getting there. I’m beginning to walk much better.”