Amongst those in attendance at the event, compered by former ‘singing ref' John Kendrew, were quest of honor Neil Fox - formerly of Wakefield and GB - and legendary 1960/70's half back pairing, equally feared and respected in the game at that time to the extent they were dubbed ‘H Bombs' - Keith Hepworth (Scrum Half) and Alan Hardisty
, still the record try scorer in the club's history and now Chairman of the Ex Players Association
, addressed the audience before the meal took place and spoke of his
delight by the attendance of long-time friend Hepworth with whom he
starred alongside for his
junior school before winning the Yorkshire Schools Championship at Ashton Rd
in 1955.The pair then famously starred in Castleford's winning floodlight trophy and consecutive Challenge Cup winning sides of 1969-70 whilst also being regulars for representative honors with Hardisty
, who debuted for Cas' aged 17, captaining both Yorkshire and GB.
The 'top table' - Colin Butterfield, President of the ex players association, Neil Fox, John Sheridan, 'Singing Ref' John Kendrew, Alan Hardisty
The 'H-Bombs' Keith Hepworth and Alan Hardisty
A re-union of the squad of players who won the Floodlight Trophy three years in concession. from left - John Ward, Mick Redfearn, Ron Hill, Clive Kickinson, Howard Bibb, Keith Hepworth, Bill Bryant, Peter Small, Ron Willett, Alan Hardisty
and Keith Bell.