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Northallerton firm honours a commitment made 50 years ago
A REMOVAL company founded in 1920 has honoured a commitment made to a town’s swimming club – half-a-century after first getting involved.
In 1962, P W Archer and Son, of Northallerton, sponsored a silver cup as part of the town’s swimming club annual championships, awarded for the 100m individual medley for 13/14-year-old boys.
A base with more room for winners’ names was added in the 1980s - but after passing through dozens of swimmers’ hands down the years, the Archer Challenge Trophy was beginning to look careworn.
But now the firm’s current boss, Geoff Archer, has generously paid for extensive repairs to the cup - and also offered to provide a replica cup for each year’s winner to keep.
And it means that the original trophy can be kept safe in the club’s trophy cabinet at Hambleton Leisure Centre, where its young swimmers train.
Geoff, 42, himself a former swim club member and coach, said:“I never managed to win that one, but we are delighted to be able to support Northallerton Amateur Swimming Club in this way.
“As a company we think it is important to help the community in ways such as this, and a club that helps develop children’s swimming skills is an important cause.”
Club chairman Sam Davison said: “We are extremely grateful for Archers Removals’ continued support to the club after all these years.
“The pleasure and sense of achievement our members get from carrying off the cups and trophies on our annual awards night each November is a joy to see, and it is only made possible thanks to the generosity of people like Geoff.”
The cup was originally presented to the club by Geoff’s late grandfather, J B “Brenny” Archer, a well-known figure in the town. Its first winner was one M Kirby in 1962.
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