Walker & Wharton win at Summer Seniors Congress

The Summer Seniors Congress took place in Eastbourne this weekend, with Paul Walker & Frank Wharton winning the main competition, the Championship Pairs. They finished on 56.25%, with David Patterson & Paula Hopkinson second with 53.68%, and Charles Chisnall & Bob James, and Harold Curran & Anne Fitzpatrick, tied in third with 53.06%.

The B Final was won by Margaret Eddleston & Bernard Eddleston on 56.14% with Michael Keeping & David Benjamin in second on 55.97%.

The Swiss Pairs - for those eliminated from the Championships Pairs, or joining the congress on the second day, was won by Roy Garthwaite & Heather Hobson.

The final day's Swiss Teams was won by Celia Oram, Derek Oram, Dee Lindon & Peter Lindon. They were the only undefeated team in the competition and finished on 104 VPs. Sue Woodcock, Chris Kinloch, Helen Kinloch & Nick Woodcock were second with 97 VPs and Gary Hyett, Alan Cooke, Colin Webb & Gayle Webb were third with 94 VPs.

Graham Smith appointed to County Working Group

Chairman Jeremy Dhondy writes: "I'm pleased to announce that as from today Board Director Graham Smith will be taking on the Board responsibility for the County Working Groups. I'd like to thank him for this and also thank Darren Evetts for the work he has done between the group's inception and the present."

Farewell to Barry Capal

Barry Capal retired on Friday after eleven years as General Manager of the EBU. He was the longest serving GM since the title was created, and only Dimmie Fleming served longer in the former position of Executive Secretary.

Gordon Rainsford, who will be the new General Manager said “I’d like to wish Barry all the best in his retirement and thank him for his time at the EBU. I’m very excited about my new role and delighted to have such a pleasant and professional staff to help me in it!”

Barry has written a final blog with his farewell thoughts, and some highlights of his time at the EBU. Click read more to see it in full.

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