On Sunday 2 November 2019, one of the founding members of Bangor Chess Club, Ron Henderson, was visited by Club Secretary Mark Seidman and Team Captain Gary Johnston. They presented Ron with a framed certificate of ‘Honorary Life-Time Membership of Bangor Chess Club’. He was delighted to receive the special award and expressed his sincere gratitude.
Brendan Jamison of the Ulster Chess Union said:
“Established in the 1960s, Bangor Chess Club has run continuously for over 50 years thanks to years of dedication by members such as Ron Henderson and Martin Rogers, both of whom have been honoured this year with these special awards. They are highly regarded in the chess community and all the current members are extremely grateful for the strong foundations they established to ensure the club could endure and thrive over the decades. The framed certificates are a great way to show our appreciation to these wonderful gentlemen”
Owen Wilson outlines how:
“Bangor Chess Club came about, following an ad in the Bangor Spectator, placed there by Ron Henderson in the 1960s. The ad simply asked if anyone in the Bangor area was interested in playing chess and, if so, to contact Ron. The rest, they say, is history. Martin Rogers replied in the affirmative...so did Eddie Webb, a local Bangor pharmacist, also, Sam Lynn, a Bangorian who was Headmaster of an intermediate school on the Antrim Road in Belfast. This foursome provided the impetus for Bangor Chess Club, and more. For example, Eddie Webb sponsored the Bangor Congress for a number of years...