Estuary TV News 3rd April 2014

We featured on Estuary News this week as films crews visited Blundell Park, home of Grimsby Town Football Club to interview Sporting Memories Network director Tony Jameson-Allen and to hear from Cranwell Court Care Home who have been using sporting memories to great effect. News of the county-wide roll out of sporting memories in North East Lincolnshire made the headlines along with a full news feature with reporter James Dunn which was followed by a five minute interview as Tony chatted with presenter Erica Barker. Watch the full programme below

One home who particpated in the pilot project was Cranwell Court and Jacky Aisthorpe told Estaury TV's James Dunn about some of the remarkable stories that have emerged from working with residents.

Jacky has been compiling the sporting memories of residents at the home and soon discovered a treasure trove of stories. One lady had previously competed in ice dance competitions. A plan was soon hatched and a trip to Grimsby ice Rink arranged where, at the age of 96 years, she once again took to the ice thanks to a frame and some willing helpers, as the lady was taken into the centre of the rink. A special moment was made all that more memorable as she was helped into a special sled and taken round the rink on the ice, experiencing the sensation of the wind on her face and the cold of the ice.

Eric is another sporting resident of the home, having been a keen boxer. Delving further into his sporting history, it transpires he was also a talented swimmer and competitive diver. Eric has already enjoyed a visit to a local boxing gym and plans are now being made to get to the local pool.

Alan's memories centred on his footballing career. He had been offered professional terms after spemnding a season at Sheffield Wednesday as an amateur but decided to take a safer job in a local factory!

"I went on to have a great career in football starting in 1948, playing back at the Grimsby YMCA. On 24/10/1949 I received a letter inviting me to attend trials at Sheffield Wednesday who I thought was a great club. I played for Sheffield Wednesday as an amateur for a year as a striker, Number 10 shirt. I was offered to sign to play professional for Wednesday but thought football was a chancy business to earn a livelihood as there were plenty of good jobs in Grimsby which offered a more secure future. As I didn't sign for Sheffield Wednesday I was released and returned to Grimsby YMCA, Lincolnshire Amateurs and Scunthorpe United"

Grimsby Town invited Alan along to visit Blundell Park, which included a tour of the changing rooms and heading out through the tunnel to the pitch side. A further trip out saw Alan visiting the training pitches he once played on himself.

Look out for more features on Estuary TV and news on the NEL project