6 Nations Dinner with Scott Hastings
THE annual 6 Nations dinner held by Wooden Spoon Yorkshire took place on Wednesday 31 January at Baldwins Omega in Sheffield.
The Yorkshire region is celebrating 25 years since its founding, during which time it has backed 79 projects with £1,950,000 of funding thanks to the generous support of supporters at dinners such as this. Ten of those projects have been in and around Sheffield and South Yorkshire; with the latest a new playground for Norfolk Park Special School in Sheffield, which opened in September.
Scott Hastings, the former Scotland and British and Irish Lions centre, was the speaker for the evening. In front of a mainly English audience it took him just under 90 seconds to recall the famous 1990 game at Murrayfield stadium. England were clear favourites to finish the season with a championship and Grand Slam, but the Scottish hosts, including Scott at centre, played an outstanding game to take the championship and Grand Slam for themselves.
Scott commented “As a member of Wooden Spoon Scotland, I’m delighted to have been invited to speak in Sheffield and to hear of all the great work you do in Yorkshire to support children with disabilities. With the start of the 6 Nations just a few days away, I’m looking forward to another great tournament, and am hoping to see Scotland build on the great run they had in the second half of last year. I’m sure we are all looking forward to the game in Scotland on 24 February when England come to Murrayfield to take on the much improved Scots.”
The dinner has become a firm fixture for Sheffield rugby supporters as they anticipate the start of the 6 Nations tournament and has been held at Baldwins Omega since 2004. Sadly this is the last year the dinner will be held at Baldwins Omega as the restaurant is due to close in mid-2018. David Baldwin and his staff were given thanks by way of a toast to recognise their great service at this dinner over many years.
The 6 Nations dinner raised £9,300 which will be used to fund Wooden Spoon projects in Yorkshire.