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SUSAN CRABBE: This brilliant local GP died last week and I have to express my own personal sense of loss, for Susan was not just my doctor, but a great personal friend. After attending WGHS she studied medicine at university and on graduating had planned to travel, however within two days she was asked to help at Almshouse and Sandal Surgery, ‘for a fortnight’. At the end of that, she was invited to join the team and very soon afterwards rose to become a senior partner in the practice.

LEGENDS DINNER: Wakefield Chantry Rotary Club holds its 10th legends and players reunion night at the Chasley Hotel on Tuesday, October 11, to raise charity funds, while spending an evening among sporting legends and great personalities. For more information and bookings contact John Whiteley on 609390 or 07793 635762 or Ray Spencer on 373675 or 07836 264200.

SANDAL RUGBY: After a close-fought game last week, Darlington took back to the North East two league points. Before the kick-off, both teams lined up for a minute’s silence, observed by all present as a mark of respect for club doctor Susan Crabbe. Tomorrow Sandal travel to Rossendale and as ever supporters are welcome to travel on the team bus, for a modest contribution towards the cost.

SUZY FUND: Brian tells me he has been able to send a further cheque for £2,000 as a result of continuing generosity from all quarters. A small girl from Crofton, Isabel turned up at my home with a jar filled by her and friends containing £4.56 in coppers. A kind little girl.

SANDAL GARDENING CLUB: The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday, September 21 with a visit to the arboretum at Newmillerdam, meet in the car park at 6pm. In the case of inclement weather, meet in the scout hut.

KITTY DURKIN: It was a pleasure to wish this wonderful teacher a happy 90th birthday last week, for ‘Brigid Kathleen’ (as she was never called) spent her whole working life teaching generations of Catholic children in and around the city. On encountering Kitty, she loves to speak about ‘families’.

WOODEN SPOONS: I am delighted to confess that my predictions for the fate of both Yorkshire CCC and Wakefield Trinity were unfounded, having upported both clubs for more than 60 years I accept they have not done well, but at least they have avoided the ignominy of being bottom.