Belfast Summerfest 1977-2005

Winners and a brief history

In 1977 Belfast City Council provided generous sponsorship for a new tournament to one of the events in the Belfast Civic Festival (from 2000 re-badged as Summerfest). The format used was then still in its formative years in Ireland - the 6-round weekend swiss. The Council's support continued for many years and helped create a very strong tournament in both quality and quantity.

In the final three years the winner of the Open section received the Arthur Cootes Memorial Cup.

WINNERS OF THE BELFAST CIVIC FESTIVAL/SUMMERFEST OPEN

1977 - John MOLES

1978 - Paul HENRY

1979 - Paul HENRY

1980 - Keith ALLEN

1981 - Paul DELANEY

1982 - John KENNEDY

1983 - Paul WHITEHEAD

1984 - Pat CARTON, David HOUSTON

1985 - Keith ALLEN, Colm BARRY

1986 - Tom CLARKE

1987 - Alan GILMORE

1988 - Keith ALLEN, Arthur PINKERTON

1989 - Tom CLARKE, David HOUSTON

1990 - Roger BECKETT

1991 - Kieran GREER

1992 - Adrian GILLEN, Kieran GREER, Greg JACKSON

1993 - Robert NOYCE

1994 - Kieran GREER, Brian KELLY

1995 - Colm DALY

1996 - Tom CLARKE, Colm DALY

1997 - Keith ALLEN

1998 - Michael HOLMES

1999 - Tom CLARKE, Adrian GILLEN, Richard McMASTER

2000 - Richard McMASTER

2001 - Stephen SCANNELL

2002 - Tom CLARKE

2003 - Stephen SCANNELL

2004 - Tom CLARKE, Stephen SCANNELL

2005 - Stephen SCANNELL

Stephen Scannell receiving the Arthur Cootes Memorial Cup
at the 2003 Belfast Summerfest from UCU President David McAlister

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