Sport stars to attend Rotary charity dinner in Kettering

Andrew Carnell, Alan Lamb, Tony Kellett, John Parrott and John Miles at last year's Rotary charity dinner
Andrew Carnell, Alan Lamb, Tony Kellett, John Parrott and John Miles at last year's Rotary charity dinner

The Rotary clubs of Kettering and Kettering Huxloe are making the final arrangements for their annual charity dinner and speaker evening.

The event is taking place in the Wicksteed Pavilion on Thursday, March 20, at 7pm and will feature a three-course dinner, lots of laughs and memories.

The organisers have chosen as their guest speakers former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and ex-New Zealand cricketer Jeremy Coney, with a finale from comedian Austin Knight.

Peter Shilton is still England’s most-capped footballer, having played for his country 125 times.

He played in three World Cups and two European Championships and is a master at after-dinner speaking.

Jeremy Coney played in 52 Test Matches for his native country New Zealand, captaining the side on 15 occasions.

He was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1984. He was made an MBE for his services to cricket.

Austin Knight is a star of the comedy circuit, his career spanning the decades from the 1970s.

He has appeared on The Comedians show and has displayed his acting ability on television in Coronation Street and Taggart.

The dinner, established by Round Table in 1974, raises funds for a host of local charities – last year donations were made to Rotary’s Kids Out at Wicksteed Park (£2,100), Wren Spinney School (£1,250), BLESMA (£1,300), Kettering General Hospital Charity Fund(£2,000), Macmillan Cancer Care (£800) and other local charities.

This dinner is a great way to support local charities.

Tickets for the annual dinner can be obtained from the organiser, Rotarian Duncan Childs, on 01536 512217 (daytime) or 07771 816655 (evenings) or you can email Duncan.