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Members of the Old Dalby Surf Club, regulars at their local pub, the Crown Inn, have raised over £1,700 for Macmillan Cancer Support by doing what they do best – visiting the pub and talking about surfing.

Club members who, by dint of their inland location and its absence of sea swell, sand and suntan oil, have also become adept at finding ways to overcome this deficiency and yet maintain their physical shape and skills.  This year’s off season training session took the form of a downhill surfing run on the 1 in 3 slope into the village.  Seven members sunk to the challenge and say that by using a range of ‘boards’ including kayaks, bathtubs, and an easy chair, their skills are now probably among the best in Leicestershire.

(l-r) The Crown’s landlady, Rachael Higgins, surfers, Geoff Gilbey and Jim Freeman, and Diane Orson, president Melton Mowbray Macmillan Cancer Support.

(l-r) The Crown’s landlady, Rachael Higgins, surfers, Geoff Gilbey and Jim Freeman, and Diane Orson, president Melton Mowbray Macmillan Cancer Support.

Geoff Gilbey who completed the run in a tuxedo on a skateboard says how much he enjoyed the challenge, and handing over the money it raised.  “We’ve been asking the village to support our appeal for three years now, and each year they become more and more generous.  From a few pounds in 2007, our totals have grown to the significant figure of today.  I say, ‘thank you’, Old Dalby.”

As the cheque was handed over, Melton Mowbray Macmillan Cancer Support president, Diane Orson, said how delighted she was to receive the money. “This will be used to reach and improve the lives of people living with cancer.  We provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care,” she says.  “All of us in the Melton Mowbray branch take our hats off to the balmy surfers and the Old Crown regulars for their support.”