Hopefully another Beaumont blog post will be possible after tomorrows Remembrance Sunday Mass for the BU war dead at the Beaumont war memorial but I shared the following with Brian's widow and many OBs last night at the annual London Beaumont Region HCPT greyhound racenight fund raising event:
The HCPT Group 35 old timers' (excepting young Rachel of course) table in the dining room, had lost miserably on the first 4 races with each of our fancied hounds vying hungrily for last place.
The 5th race - The Brian Burgess Memorial Stakes - was sponsored by the Beaumont Union. Brian (RIP) had been the founder leader of HCPT Group 35 so we decided to say a prayer to him to intercede and placed a huge (£5) stake on the outsider to win. The hound, aptly named Incredible Miss, romped home to win. We recouped all our losses and a little more so quit while ahead.
As I said to Brian's widow Elizabeth (herself a former Group 35 nurse) afterwards, this surely proves that not only is there a god but also that Brian is right up there with him.