Thursday, 18 October 2012

Hashers remember

Saturday 13th October 2012
The Lock In, Wolverley

After the tragedy of losing The Saint last Thursday night, we chose to meet up again, in true hashing style, in order for us all to come together and support each other, console each other, and help each other through this difficult time.  Rather bravely, I thought, some of his family came along to join us too.  An evening spent amongst friends, trying to come to terms with what happened but also an evening bringing our diverse group ever closer.

The Saint had laid a trail from here just a few weeks earlier; a lovely run through Wolverley village, down to the night-lit water wheel in Broadwaters, past the bat watchers in Springfield park, through Puxton Marsh and back for a lovely bowl of chilli at the On-Inn.  I always loved Saint’s hashes; I have learned more about my home town and countryside from his different trails over the past 9 months (the short time in which I’ve been hashing) than all the years I’ve lived here, and I’m a local girl!

The Saint was one of our longer-serving members; he had been our RA and had christened most of our current hashers.  He always asked about people’s families and friends, making everyone feel welcome in our group.  Those who annoyed him were just called “daft buggers!”  He was a proud dad and granddad and loved it when the kids (Duncan, Tommie, Ethan, Caleb & Rosie) turned up to join the hash.  

In Graeme’s heart-warming tribute to The Saint, we heard about his “perfect trails,” his gentlemanly manner and his distaste for fancy dress, yet, he always made an effort.  We shared our memories and we learned a few things about him from Den too, particularly his obsession with cars!  

A gentle soul, with a wicked sense of humour, he was taken from us too soon.  He will be greatly missed by us all.

Rest in peace

Hot Lips

The Funeral is on Friday 26 October at 1pm at the new Kidderminster Crematorium DY13 8DE and afterwards at The Island Pool  DY10 3RX

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