St Ives Easter Judo course is calling all veteran members to attend a reunion
A WEST Cornwall judo event which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year is holding a reunion for its veteran members.
St Ives Judo Easter course, which was launched in 1963, is hoping to see many old friends and sparing partners at the event.
The four-day event from March 29 to April 3, will include lessons, grading and bouts and takes place at the Guildhall.
John Couch, area president for Cornwall Judo and a sixth dan judo master said: "This year sees the 50th consecutive St Ives Easter Judo course, and there are still people about who attended the very first course.
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"The Easter course committee wishes to mark the occasion by extending a warm welcome to all Easter course veterans at a reunion to be held on Easter Saturday at the Western Hotel St Ives at 7.30pm.
"Many of the people who have been involved in Judo throughout the county and further afield are proud to say they got their dan grade at the St Ives Easter course.
"The idea of the reunion is to get old Judo friends and sparing partners together to remember old friends, talk over old times, and refight all the old battles verbally over a glass of wine.
"A number of Easter veterans have already booked in and it is looking as if it will be a night to remember."
Mr Couch said the course this year is set to be one of the best ever.
The President of the British Judo Council Mr Otani, vice present Mr Mealing, 6th dan Kodokan Mrs Michico Whyman and many other senior grades will be at present.
Guests instructors include former world champion Jane Bridge Charlot and former world, Olympic and nine times all Japan champion Maki Tsukada.