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Harvey Richards- A tribute
AggiePirate (IP Logged)
31 January, 2019 22:32
A moving piece by Phil W on the official site, and on S4C, about this true Pirate who passed away this week.
Does anyone have further memories they can share with the rest of us?

 
Re: Harvey Richards- A tribute
old prop steve (IP Logged)
31 January, 2019 23:54
Aggie

When I was struggling to decide just who of the old Penzance-Newlyn stars to include in my book about 50 Pirates I very reluctantly passed over several of my old heroes like Mike Terry, Johnny Thomas, Bill Monckton, Cyril Rescorla and a few others but I knew right from the start that I just HAD to include 'Harvey Dick'.

When I went in to interview him in his house above Marazion he was gazing out across at the sunlit St.Michaels Mount and he looked so frail. However once we got to talking about the old days his strikingly blue eyes lit up and the old tales just poured out and I can honestly say that I cannot think of many people who loved rugby and all it meant quite so much.

One story that Phil didnt mention was that when the 1948 Australian Wallabies came to Britain they opened the tour by staying for a week at the Queens Hotel on the promenade. I know its hard to believe now but they brought a live Wallaby with them loaned by London Zoo. Well inevitably it escaped one evening when the lads were 'relaxing' with a few beers and it was Harvey who jumped in and led a search party of players, policemen, schoolkids, soldiers on leave and little old ladies as they chased it all around town. My source told me it was finally cornered in Penlee Gardens but I am a bit hazy on that point.

It kind of summed up Harvey, get a team of like-minded people together, get a job done but above all it was all having good fun. RIP

 
Re: Harvey Richards- A tribute
*Stalwart (IP Logged)
01 February, 2019 13:17
Great memories of a great man, thanks Steve.


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