THE premier exhibition for Bexhill Museum’s 2012 season poses an intriguing range of questions.
Sporting Bexhill was formally opened by Town Mayor Cllr Stuart Wood at a gathering in the Egerton Road museum’s costume and social history gallery on Friday, February 17.
Guests included museum supporters and donors who have generously loaned sports equipment from sailing dinghy and surf-board to cricket ball bowling machine and Edwardian swimming costume.
Guests such as Rother chief executive and former marathon runner Derek Stevens are featured among the local sporting heroes whose exploits are commemorated in a hall of fame.
An entire display case is devoted to Derek’s running medals including those won in Japan and New York.
A team led by Dr Paul Gilchrist (pictured above right with Mayor Cllr Stuart Wood) has worked for months to put together the special Olympics-year exhibition.
Among questions posed by the exhibition are:
*Did you know that the bugler at the Charge of the Light Brigade blasted the same call to enthuse Viscount Cantelupe’s XI when they played a touring South African cricket side?
*Did you know that inter-golf course flights were staged in 1912?
*Did you know that W.G. Grace’s son died at the stumps at Sidley?
The Town Mayor told Society of Bexhill Museums chairman John Betts after a whirlwind tour: “It is amazing what you have got!”
Opening the exhibition, the mayor reminded guests that after the Bejing games the Olympic flag was flown on Bexhill seafront as a symbol of the challenge the nation faced for the London Olympics.
At the Tourism South East conference which he attended on Rother council’s behalf the Sports Minister had appealed to every community to promote sport.
The Mayor congratulated everyone involved in putting together the exhibition. Bexhill Museum could always be relied on to produce from somewhere exhibitions of topicality and interest.
“When we look through our history, Bexhill has a lot to be proud of, from golf to whatever sport – swimming, football, right up to today when our rowers have the Freedom of Bexhill to mark their achievements. The Rowing Club does a tremendous job for Bexhill.”
He concluded: “I am very pleased that you have put this exhibition together for this special year and I do hope that you have a great success and get the people into the museum.”