Hall of Fame Dinner a Success

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29th October 2018

Widnes Vikings inducted Martin Offiah, Kurt Sorensen and Ernie Swinton into the club’s official Hall of Fame on Friday evening, at a celebration dinner sponsored by Money Matters.

The trio joined an illustrious list of Widnes legends who have pulled on the black and white shirt, extending the Hall of Fame to 16 members.

The night was presented to a packed Marquee Suite by BBC Radio Merseyside broadcaster Steve Roberts, with over 300 people in attendance. Martin received his award from fellow Hall of Fame member Jim Mills, while Kurt was presented his award by Barbara Karalius, the wife of club legend Vince Karalius.

Ernie Swinton, who played 84 times for the club before giving his life for his country in the First World War, was honoured by a donation to the Royal British Legion in recognition of his service.

Gold ticket holders started the evening with an exclusive meet and greet in the Halton Suite, where they were able to enjoy a drink with Offiah and Sorensen, before having their photo taken with the club legends.

Guests then advanced to the Marquee, with Dave Rolt interviewing Jim Mills and Performance Director, Phil Finney, prior to dinner being served.

Martin and Kurt entered the stage to receive their awards along with current members of the Hall of Fame, with some represented by family members, before the duo talked at length about their time at Widnes. The conversation then moved on to one of the club’s most famous afternoons at Naughton Park, as they reminisced about the 1989 Championship decider against Wigan.

After a short break guests were given the chance to bid on signed memorabilia before putting their own questions to Martin and Kurt to round off a brilliant evening.

Martin Offiah says: “It’s a proud moment for me to be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame and I want to thank Widnes for the opportunity they gave me all those years ago.

“Without Dougie Laughton giving me that opportunity I would never have achieved what I did in the sport of rugby league.”

Kurt Sorensen added: “Widnes became a second home to me during my years with the club and it was great to be back in the town receiving this prestigious award.

“To have my name alongside some of the club’s most famous players is an incredible achievement and I want to thank everyone for coming along to celebrate what was a great evening.”

Commercial and Community Director, Richard Munson, commented: “On behalf of the club, I would like to thank everyone who attended what was a brilliant evening on Friday.

“It was an honour to induct Martin, Kurt and Ernie into our Hall of Fame, and to have a packed room celebrate their careers was testament to their achievements at Widnes.

“Thanks also goes to Sharon Rotherham, Managing Director of Money Matters, who sponsored the celebration dinner. Sharon is a lifelong fan of the club and is hugely passionate about Widnes Vikings, and without her support Friday’s event wouldn’t have been possible.”

All images of our Hall of Fame event came courtesy of RLPIX.

Widnes Hall of Fame:

Mick Adams, Mick Burke, Keith Elwell, Fred Higgins, Jimmy Hoey, Arthur Johnson, Vince Karalius, Doug Laughton, Tommy McCue, Harry Millington, Jim Mills, Frank Myler, Nat Silcock, Martin Offiah, Kurt Sorensen, Ernie Swinton.

Hall of Fame Dinner a Success widnesvikings.co.uk