Royal link to sport­ing past

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Nuts & Bolts -

Did a mem­ber of the royal fam­ily at­tend a prize fight in Smar­den?

That is one of the top­ics cov­ered in a sports-re­lated ex­hi­bi­tion be­ing staged in the vil­lage later this month as part of Smar­den Sport­ing Septem­ber.

The ex­hi­bi­tion – the fi­nale to the pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties to raise money to fit out the vil­lage’s new pav­il­ion – will take place at Smar­den’s Char­ter Hall on Satur­day, Septem­ber 26, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. En­try is free and the ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture sports records and mem­o­ra­bilia.

Fas­ci­nat­ing ar­chives will be on public dis­play for the first time in­clud­ing some re­lat­ing to the day when Smar­den hosted an illegal prize fight back in 1858 be­tween the cham­pi­ons of Eng­land and Wales, re­puted to have been watched by the Prince of Wales, later King Ed­ward VII.

The same evening the venue is host­ing a dance to the mu­sic of the Fab­u­lous Grandads. Tick­ets, £7.50, are avail­able from Smar­den post of­fice or Gill Brom­ley on 01233 770451.

Pic­ture: Im­ages

King Ed­ward VII

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