At the end of the NCTTA meeting on 23 July a small party was held by the Committee members, to which each had brought food and soft drinks, to mark County Chairman Ken Marchant’s90th birthday and his exceptional efforts on behalf of Northamptonshire table tennis. A crystal glass presentation, bearing the inscription:
”Presented by the Northamptonshire County Table Tennis Association to County Chairman
to mark his 90th birthday and in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contribution to
Northamptonshire table tennis since 1959”.
was made by Dennis Millman whose speech covered Ken’s many activities – his war service in North Africa and Italy during which he was twice seriously wounded, his playing and administrative career in table tennis including his efforts to re-form the County Association and the positions he has held in it, his successful fund raising on behalf of the Association over many years and his 46 years, the longest ever in the history of the ETTA, as Northamptonshire's representative on the ETTA National Council.
DENNIS MILLMAN IS HONOURED BY THE COUNTY ASSOCIATION
Dennis is seen receiving his framed "Honorary Life Member " award from County Chairman Ken Marchant. The award was made to mark Dennis's exceptional services as County Press Officer for over 40 years and the full details of Ken's speech at the County Association meeting of 16 September 13 are reproduced below:
"It is with great pleasure that I wish to say a few words about our Vice-Chairman and Press Officer Dennis.
A major part of his table tennis life has been taken up with being the County’s Press Officer, 40 years to be exact. He is well known in our sport not only in our County, but further a-field. This has led him to two accolades, his first being the Services to Press and Publicity Special Award sponsored by Random House at the English Table Tennis Association Conference in season 2001/2. The second was the Press Officer of the Year Award sponsored again by the Random House Group in season 2003/4. He won this Award ahead of some excellent entries to the ETTA.
As we all know he was Chairman of the Kettering League as well as Press Officer for 40 years, retiring in 2011/12. He retired from these posts at the Kettering Leagues’ Presentation Evening in 2011 at which he was presented with a Silver Salver.
He is very well respected in table tennis circles and I think this has stemmed from his working life in education in which he attained the position as Head Teacher for many years. If he had not been in education I think he would have made a top journalist. Why do I say this? Well, I do not know anyone who has a unique skill in putting together a full table tennis report of all events from just scores only, when not being present himself. That takes a skill in itself and I should know as I myself was a Press Officer in the sport for 27 years.
He is brilliant at what he does for the County, and I can certainly vouch for this as he has written numerous articles about myself and my late son Roderick during the past years.
His first award by the County Association came in 1998 when he was presented with a Silver Salver for 25 years’ service. However, tonight Dennis I am proud to present your second Award from the County, that is the momentous Award of Honorary Life Member for 40 years’ service.