Stevenage table tennis club nets a new trophy thanks to founder Harry, aged 90

Philip Smith, Harry Brain and Inge de Burgh with Michael Brain behind

Philip Smith, Harry Brain and Inge de Burgh with Michael Brain behind - Credit: Archant

When Harry Brain and his son Michael spotted a disused table tennis table propped up against a wall in Bedwell Community Centre 55 years ago, it was game on.

The community centre’s table tennis club is still thriving, with players of all ages practicing at the centre every Sunday evening, with some representing the club in 13 different teams in the local leagues.

Harry and Michael have now presented the Harry Brain Shield to club – it’s going to be an annual award which will be presented to the club member who shows the greatest improvement over the course of the year.

Harry, who is now 90 years old, lives in Trowbridge but made his home in Stevenage for 57 years.

They were joined at the presentation event by another founding member, Inge De Burgh, and her daughter Diana.

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If any other founding members are still around, Michael would love to hear from them.

You can get in touch with him by emailing

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