Memories stirred by Challenge Cup victory

Stuart Littler, staff member Lorraine Tabern, Tommy Sale, Callum Houghton and Liam Turner

Day centre staff members Lorraine Tabern and Katy Abbott

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RUGBY league was the focus of the third meeting of Cadence Café’s dementia film club.

More than 50 people including dementia sufferers, carers and guests from the community came to the Etherstone Day Centre in Leigh to watch the 1971 Challenge Cup final.

Guests included Tommy Sale, the former chairman of Leigh Centurions, Stuart Littler, the current captain, and academy players Callum Houghton and Liam Turner.

Cadence Café director Ian Jackson said: “We are working with Wigan Council on the Dementia Friendly project for Leigh and running a classic cinema club every month.

“We decided to theme each event as it would evoke more memories for the service users.

“We thought a rugby-themed day where we showed the cup final would be good as it was Tommy who walked the players out on to the pitch.”

Tommy is a Leigh Centurions honorary life president and led the team out when they beat Leeds 24-7 in the 1971 final.

The day began with tea and coffee and a brief overview of what Cadence Café CIC do.

A chat about the good days and what Leigh was like back then was had over lunch during the half-time break before a raffle was drawn.

Stuart presented each winner with their prizes before some guests watched the second half and others settled into a game of dominoes.

The Tyldesley cafe received funding from Wigan Council as part of the initiative.

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