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Football legend honours Specials

THE achievements of the 1066 Specials, the club which enables everyone to enjoy sport whatever their disability, have been acknowledged by a football legend.

Lawrie McMenemy, one of the 20 most successful managers in post-war English football, has unveiled a display of the club’s trophies and memorabilia in the Sargent Gallery at Bexhill Museum.

Pride of place in the display case is the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, presented in 2013.

Lawrie was guest of honour at a reception in the museum’s Education Room following his attendance at the Specials’ annual meeting.

The display was placed on view in the museum soon after the Queen’s Award was granted. But as museum chairman John Betts commented at the Saturday, March 28th unveiling ceremony, it is an important resource which the museum will exploit more fully in future.

Lawrie McMenemy was introduced by the Specials’ founder, Harold Lawrence, in the presence of guests including Town Mayor Cllr Brian Kentfield and his wife and Mayoress, Susan. Mayor and Mayoress had earlier attended the club’s annual meeting at Bexhill College together with Lawrie McMenemy.

A new plaque on the display case bears the legend: “…..unveiled by Lawrie McMenemy MBE, President of the Special Olympics GB, 28th March 2015.”

Lawrie McMenemy unveiled the display case by whipping away the emblem of the Rotary Club of Bexhill, a supporter of the Specials.

The museum chairman had earlier invited the guest of honour to sign the museum’s visitors’ book.

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