So the Olympic Games has now finished. It’s been fantastic – very joyous, and a brilliant acheivement by Team GB et al. I’m amazed to find myself saying that, as I’m not the least bit sporty, or even interested in sport! Unlike CCF. A couple of posts ago, I mentioned some sports he took part in, but I left a few out. According to an extract from something called the ‘Cuckoo Shop’ (which I believe is a scrapbook kept by either a sibling or a cousin of CCF’s) he was popular in Kirkbymoorside sports clubs as a footballer as well as a cricketer. The extract mentions great rejoicings in the town at his ‘coming of age festivities’. And, he sailed, of course, too – several of the essays are about boats, sea-fishing, and even one about the wind (not one of his best!).
A little post script about the fantastic medal tally for Britian in the 1908 Games. Apparently, it was the first time they’d featured such a wide range of different sports – and in many of them, only Brits took part!