Best wishes to Roy Sawyer on his retirement from Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre where he has manned the reception for the last 20 years. A huge thank you and enjoy your retirement plans!
(Manuscript of Roy's leaving speech below)
"Thank you for organising this luncheon.
My 20 years service at the Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre began on November 28th 1994. I still have my original contract signed by Keith Dewick. At that time the centre was in the capable hands of Rosemarie Badman and Doris Marsh. After Rosemarie and Doris there were several short-term managers before Bernard Ford was appointed. He was followed by Win Tennis in 2007. GMB Leisure took over in 2010 and introduced Junior Camps which have proved very popular.
Amongst the receptionists were Steve Bell and Joe Rylett. A few years ago I ran into Joe at Farnham Park Golf Club. Since then we have played golf together whenever weather and travelling permit. Joe is now chairman of the High Wycombe Lawn Tennis Club.
One of the pleasures of working at the Centre has been the opportunity to meet many old friends (or should I say adversaries!) from the days when I was the Veterans League Secretary, and talking over old times. Several of the patrons have been coming to the Centre regularly for many years and have become like friends.
Yes, I can say I really enjoyed my days involved with the Bucks L.T.A. and the Indoor Tennis Centre. However, after 20 years and well past the age of retirement, I reluctantly decided it was time to say game, set and match.
Thank you all for contributing to my 20 happy years with the Bucks L.T.A. and the Indoor Tennis Centre."