Agnes’s cen­te­nary land­mark

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A GREAT grand­mother will be cel­e­brat­ing on Tues­day as she turns 100.

Agnes Mercer will be blow­ing out her can­dles at a cel­e­bra­tion with friends and rel­a­tives, held for her at An­chor’s Café Bar at Den­ham Gar­den Vil­lage where she has lived for 21 years.

Mrs Mercer, who has two chil­dren, John and Gil­lian, five grand­chil­dren and

11 great BRI­TAIN’S first fe­male cricket agent has paid a visit to Amer­sham and Wy­combe Col­lege to talk to stu­dents there.

Fara Gorsi, who is also a non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Lan­cashire Cricket Club and an FA In­ter­me­di­ary, spoke to stu­dents at the col­lege about en­ter­ing the sports in­dus­try.

She gave them ad­vice on a ca­reer in sports and said: “The great­est bar­rier to pro­gres­sion in this busi­ness is be­ing a woman in a male dom­i­nated sec­tor. How­ever, bar­ri­ers

are com­ing down, grand­chil­dren, said: “I have lived a won­der­ful life and I have no re­grets. I have a great fam­ily and have made many friends along the way.

“My se­cret to a long life is that I get on with peo­ple. I have many happy mem­o­ries and I have a es­pe­cially in foot­ball and cricket. Cam­paigns such as This Girl Can are help­ing to raise aware­ness of women in sport.”

Ms Gorsi’s com­pany has deal­ings with the likes of Manch­esterCi­tys­tarKevin De Bruyne and Pak­istan crick­eter Mo­hammed Amir. Richard Dean, strong will to carry on.”

Den­ham Gar­den Vil­lage’s cus­tomer re­la­tions man­ager Jayne James said: “I have had the plea­sure of know­ing Mrs Mercer per­son­ally, as well as pro­fes­sion­ally, for more than 20 years and she has been a true in­spi­ra­tion. Mrs Mercer at­tends bingo here weekly and al­ways looks amaz­ing. She is a Lady in the true sense of the word.”

Mrs Mercer was mar­ried to the late Joe Mercer, a for­mer chair­man of the Li­censed Vict­uallers Na­tional Homes.

She was born in West Sil­ver Town, east Lon­don, and moved to Den­ham course leader, said: “It was a very suc­cess­ful visit where stu­dents gained ex­po­sure to an­other side to the sports in­dus­try. Feed­back from them has been great, and I think it’s been an eye-open­ing visit for them all.”

Stu­dent Lo­gan Bas­ford said: “For the fu­ture, it’s changed my idea of what I want to do, and since the talk I’ve looked into sports man­age­ment as my po­ten­tial ca­reer.”

Ms Gorsi added: “It’s im­por­tant our younger gen­er­a­tion is in­spired about sport.

“I’m de­lighted to be able to pass on my knowl­edge in the hope it may help

Agnes Mercer.

Fara Gorsi

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