To celebrate the opening of the new Bootham School tennis courts, the first pair of the 1967 Bootham tennis six; Michael Sessions, York printer and publisher, and James Paul head of the Australasian Division of the Irish Tourist Board in London are going to battle it out against two of their 1960s team mates, Simon Hetherton, Chairman of the Bootham Old Scholars Executive, and John Bannister, mercurial sportsman now with slightly dodgy knees.
The inspiration for the game came from the attached photograph showing the 1967 first tennis six. Organiser and self-appointed team captain, Michael Session’s, came up with the idea. He explained, “I was going through some old photos and came across some pictures of us all in our very serious, Tennis Team pose. With the new courts just being completed at Bootham, it seemed the perfect opportunity to see if we could put on another match.” After contacting some of these veteran sportsmen, Michael managed to assemble a set of four. “In spite of some weak attempts at excuses like, ‘My left knee’s killing me’, we’ve got a scratch team together and are keenly looking forward to it all.”