BOLTON BRIEF

You may have seen on Facebook forums that the final day of track and filed was a bit of a washout, however, the previous four days were glorious and with a record turnout proved to be an enjoyable experience as ever for old and new competitors and supporters. Unfortunately, I was not able to get over to the Games until the weekend but did take a few dreary snaps for proof . The Gala Dinner, however, was a different kettle of fish. Out of the rain, 1600 people gathered in the starlit Premier Suite of Bolton Whites Hotel to celebrate the “gift of life’ in style. Numerous Special awards were presented with intermittent periods to enjoy a first class dinner and service. Among the Special Award recipients were a number of BHLTA members, those being, Bill Noble of Wythenshaw winning both “Best Heart Transplantee” and “Best Male Super Veteran”; Maggie Gambrill of Papworth winning “Best Female Super Veteran” and Joan Whitney of ┬áThe Freeman winning “Best Female Super Super Veteran” and if that wasn’t enough the surprise announcement that Freeman Adults had been awarded “Best Heart & Lung Transplant Team”

The star of the evening was John Coyle of the Freeman Adults who after bundling his way past the MC made an impromptu speech in thanks of the Donors and Donor Families. I don’t know whether the standing ovation was for him or the donors but he certainly made an impression as he did when dancing in the street with a Lithuanian policeman whilst in Vilnius recently. A short truncated video of John’s speech can be seen on the FHLTA Facebook page.

RESULTS

HEART & LUNG MEDALS TOTAL BOLTON

G

S

B

HAREFIELD

7

12

6

PAPWORTH

14

9

13

WYTHENSHAW

12

9

4

FREEMAN ADULTS

11

18

23

TOTALS

44

48

46

 

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