Our video series looking back at some of the local sporting highlights of the year continues today with Alan Chalmers.
This was his last of 40 years as Centre Court steward at Wimbledon fortnight.
He told how he had met many tennis greats and deal with all manner of celebrities.
The 72-year-old proudly pointed out he had seen at least part of every match played on the world-famous court since 1976. But this was his last tournament in the role – he had decided the time was right to retire so the 2015 men’s singles final was his last day on duty at SW19.
It all started when, during a squash tournament in Surbiton, he met a top All England Club official who picked up on his experience of sport administration and mentioned there was a vacancy looking after Centre Court seating arrangements. Chalmers took the job and has never looked back.
For many years he looked after the media and players guests – both groups of which there are many every year. A few years ago, the two areas were separated and Chalmers stuck with the competitors’ guests’ seating.
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