Downpour fails to halt Mo's memorial

John and Jean Stevenson, centre, with organiser Dave Marsden and Debbie Kay from St Catherine's Hospice, right.
John and Jean Stevenson, centre, with organiser Dave Marsden and Debbie Kay from St Catherine's Hospice, right.

A Bank Holiday downpour failed to put a dampener on the fourth annual Andrew ‘Mo’ Stevenson memorial event at Scarborough RUFC.

Family, friends and both players and supporters of the club turned out in force at Silver Royd on Easter Monday, raising approximately £1,400 for Saint Catherine’s Hospice.

“It was a cracker of a day,” said John Stevenson, Mo’s father.

“We were a little bit fearful on Monday morning because of all the rainfall, but plenty of people attended and a lot of fun was had.

“This has become a well-established event and it is touching for the family that so many people come to remember Andrew four years on.”

The event also remembered former club coach Keith Marshall, who sadly passed away last year, and Keith’s son Joe organised a team to play against a Klosters XV in the main event of the afternoon.

Heavy rainfall did however leave the Silver Royd pitches under water, so the match was moved indoors and a tag rugby tournament took place instead in the Barons Gymnasium sports hall.

“Unfortunately, no rugby could take place outdoors with the pitches unplayable, but we were very grateful that the facilities at the club allowed us to implement a plan B,” Mr Stevenson continued.

“The tag event went well, with the Klosters team eventually winning the competition.”

Mr Stevenson was keen to praise the efforts of everyone involved in making the event a success.

“Huge and heartfelt thanks go to all the players and especially to the team captains Simon Smith and Joe Marshall,” he added.

“Also, thanks to Laura Welburn and Jack Anderson for the musical entertainment, Dave Coates, Darryl Conlin and Dave Marsden for acting as referees, master of ceremonies Jez Pratt, Sam Conlin, and all the people who came along on the day.”