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Club Mourns Eddie Webb

Bangor Chess Club is mourning the death of one of its founder members, Eddie Webb.

In 1965, Eddie, Ron Henderson and Martin Rogers, got together and decided to start a Chess Club in Bangor. It was advertised in the Spectator and originally met in the Good Templar Hall in Hamilton Road.

Gradually membership grew and a team was entered in the Belfast & District Chess League with Eddie, a very strong player, on Top Board. They performed very creditably mostly in the First Division, through the years. He was also instrumental in setting up the Annual Bangor Chess Congress, now in its 22nd Year

Eddie passed away on Saturday 20th Sept. How poignant therefore that this year his son Derek, who now runs the family business of Webbs Chemists, should donate a Trophy in his honour, to be played for annually. Unbelievably, the first competition for that trophy took place on the very day Eddie died, what a legacy. The Trophy will henceforth be played for not just in his honour but also in his memory.

A minutes silence was held at the weekly Thursday Club Night, and our sympathies go to his wife Vyne and all Eddie’s family.

He will be always be remembered not just as an exemplary fellow Chess Player, but by those of us who knew him, as a good friend.

Thank You Eddie.

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