On Thursday 27th February The Wild Boar welcomed whisky and rugby enthusiasts to our 6 Nations Charity Dinner.
The event was held in association with the UK’s rugby charity, Wooden Spoon, who celebrated their 30th Anniversary last year and was hosted by John Cunningham – Wooden Spoon Cumbria Chairman, and Anthony Sutcliffe – The Wild Boar Operations Manager and Wooden Spoon Committee Member.
About Wooden Spoon
Wooden Spoon was founded in 1983 and has since then been making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. It is one of the largest funders of respite and medical treatment centres, sensory enhancement therapeutic facilities, specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas, and community-based programmes in the UK.
So far the charity has granted over £20 million to these fantastic projects. Wooden Spoon is honoured to have HRH The Princess Royal as their patron and is supported by the RFU, WRU, SRU, IRFU and the RFL, and in 2011 became the first rugby charity to receive the International Rugby Board’s Spirit of Rugby Award.
6 Course, 6 Nation Meal
Guests at the Inn were treated to a delightful 6 course, 6 nations themed menu which was created in classic Wild Boar style!! Each course was selected from one of the 6 nations and a whisky from that nation was served with the dish.
We were pleased to welcome Dr Andrew Forrester, the UK Ambassador for Balvenie whisky who gave a talk on each whisky and a presentation on the Scottish Whisky – the 14 year old Balvenie Caribbean Cask, which was the winner by some way… No “Wooden Spoon” for Scotland in this 6 Nations competition!!
Scottish Rugby International Ian Robertson was Guest Speaker
After dinner our guest speaker was Ian Robertson who was a Scottish rugby international until his sporting career was cut short by injury.
The most memorable moment of his playing career was Scotland’s 1970 Calcutta cup victory over England. He went on to become an English teacher at Fettes College where he taught the likes of Tony Blair. However, it is as the BBC’s rugby union correspondent covering the sport on radio and television that Ian has become widely known.
He joined the BBC in 1972 and since April 1983 he has been the official rugby union correspondent. He regards Scotland’s 1984 and 1990 Grand Slams and Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop-kick in the final of the 2003 World Cup against Australia as his “best on air moments”. Ian is a prolific writer having written over 30 books and a number of biographies, including those of Bill Beaumont, Chairman of the RFU and member of the International Rugby Board & Andy Irvine, former President of the SRU.
Later in the evening we concluded with a raffle and an auction of notable rugby memorabilia which helped raise the total on the night to over £7,000 for the Wooden Spoon charity. The evening was a fantastic occasion bringing together rugby, whisky and helping to raise the awareness of a great charity.
- Written by: Anthony Sutcliffe, Operations Manager at The Wild Boar