Voice of rugby drops into Lake District for a good cause

Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson

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A LAKE District inn has helped a national charity raise over £7,000 with the support of a famous rugby broadcaster.

Former Scottish rugby international Ian Robertson dropped in to the four-star Wild Boar Inn Grill & Smokehouse, near Windermere.

He was guest of honour at a 'Six Nations fundraising dinner' held in association with the rugby children’s charity Wooden Spoon.

Guests were treated to a Six Nations championship themed menu with each course selected from one of the six participating nations and a whisky from each country served with the dish.

Anthony Sutcliffe, of The Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse, said: “This was a fantastic occasion for a highly worthy cause.

“Wooden Spoon is a great charity. It is one of the largest funders of respite and medical treatment centres and sensory enhancement therapeutic facilities in the UK. It also supports specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas, and a range of community based programmes.”

Dr Andrew Forrester, the UK Ambassador for Balvenie whisky, gave a talk on each whisky and a presentation on the Scottish Whisky – the 14-year-old Balvenie Caribbean Cask.

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There was also a raffle and a popular auction of rugby memorabilia.

Highlights of Mr Robertson's after dinner speech included the revelation that he taught English to the likes of Tony Blair at Fettes College, before going on to become a widely-recognised voice of sport on radio and television.

Perhaps his greatest on air moment was describing Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop goal for England in the final of the 2003 World Cup against Australia.

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