It’s a celebration

I AM trying to arrange a croquet match in Victorian dress as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations at the West Worthing Tennis Club in Titnore Way on September 24.

In 1886, croquet was the in thing and tennis was a novel introduction – “It’ll never catch on”, you can hear them say – hence the dressing up, as a reminder.

A kind person has lent me a beautiful, brand-new coloured, striped blazer and boater, but every time I put them on I cannot help thinking of Horace, one of Worthing’s eccentrics who used to cycle around the town similarly dressed but with added white gloves.

Sadly, Horace passed away a few years ago.

Does anyone happen to know what became of Horace’s “uniform”?

Frank Lee

34 Nutley Crescent,

Goring

lee-frank@sky.com