On Wednesday 9th of September a dinner was held in the front room at Vesta to honour Mike Staal, on that day Mike had been an active member of Vesta Rowing Club for 60 years.
Mike joined Vesta as a school boy, then during his National Service, went on to cox for the RAF and to win the Thames Cup at Henley with them before returning to Vesta in peacetime.
Mike’s contributions to Vesta both on and off the water since then have been invaluable, and he continues to help the club every year at both the Scullers’ and Veterans’ Heads.
The dinner was attended by the Vice Presidents and other guests, and was hosted by Don Anderson who presented Mike with a engraved tankard to mark the occasion.
Speeches were made, the highlight being Mike’s which ended in a mass sing-a-long.
Thanks must go to Don for organizing and to Mike for being a marvelous guest of honour.
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