Marlborough Sports Forum's annual dinner welcomes a local jockey and a local footballer
LATER NEWS: Proceeds from the dinner, raffle & auction raised nearly £4,000. One of the organisers told Marlborough News Online: "This is fantastic news and we are hugely grateful to all those who helped in any way - we will be able to continue to make grants to the young people of Marlborough who distinguish themselves in sports of all kinds. They make us all so proud and deserve very great credit for their efforts."
Sam Parkin and Wayne Hutchinson were guests of honour at the annual fundraising dinner hosted by the Marlborough Sports Forum on Thursday (March 24) in the Town Hall.
Sam Parkin is still known among the fans at Swindon's County Ground after a very successful spell with Swindon Town in the early 2000s - they still refer to him as 'Super Sam'. He has now retired, is living in Swindon and is making a new career in broadcasting.
Besides his spell with Swindon, Sam Parkin has played with many clubs - including Chelsea, Millwall, Ipswich Town, Luton Town and three Scottish clubs. He retired in 2014 after a spell with Exeter City.
Jump jockey Wayne Hutchinson is another Swindon sportsman. He joined Alan King at his Barbury Castle yard in 2002 and is now the stable jockey. Last November he rode the plucky grey Smad Place to a famous victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.
This year he suffered an injury which kept him out of racing for some weeks. Then he had a nasty fall in the race before the Gold Cup at the Festival, but still rode Smad Place who did not seem to be enjoying the ground.
The Hennessy aside, Wayne rates Cheltenham Festival successes on Oh Crick and Medinas, together with his Scottish (Godsmejudge) and Welsh Grand National (Halcon Genelardais) victories among the other highlights of his career so far.
Also there was Marlborough cricketer Zak Tunmore who plays for Wiltshire County junior teams and won several awards for his batting and his bowling when playing with Under-11 teams.
One hundred and ten people representing most of Marlborough's sports clubs, sat down for the Forum's dinner, which was a Celebration of Sport and a fundraising event.
The aim of the Forum is to support all the town's sports clubs and to raise money to give grants to young and promising players.