The much discussed dinner to celebrate the Eastern Centre`s formation in 1922, took place on the 21st  of October at the prestigious Stoke by Nayland Golf club. Some seventy guests attended the function which included many past riders and officials. The guests of honour were ACU Chairman, Roy Humphrey and his wife Pam Also invited but unfortunately struck down with Covid and unable to attend, were  Gary Thompson - perhaps better known nowadays for being the TT races `Clerk of the Course`- and his partner. However his absence was admirably made up by the presence of  Nieve Holmes, who just a few days after the function, won the Women`s European Enduro Championship, with a final and confirming win in Germany,  Master of Ceremonies, Charlie Ralph, welcomed the guests and celebrities before the gathering were seated to enjoy a meal of a standard equal to the venue`s reputation.

Prior to the address by Roy Humphrey, Charlie Ralph asked the guests to stand for a toast :`To the King`. President of the Centre, Alan Penny, then called for a second toast, this time : `To the Eastern Centre.` Charlie then introduced Roy Humphrey who congratulated the Centre on its hundred years and then went on to  recount his earlier competition career, in sidecar motocross, both in his visits to the Eastern Centre venues and his European expeditions  to  France Belgium and Germany. He then went on to describe how the ACU was recovering from the previous  adverse effects of Covid on the ACU, its aims for the future, the personnel and the sport in general. Despite the set-backs, he saw a bright future for the sport and described new developments including an “app” now available for trials observer

To conclude,Centre Archivist, Sidge Kenny, gave a brief  resume of the Centre`s hundred years of activit

The formal proceedings now completed, many guests remained on to renew old friendships and re-live former meetings Some stayed overnight. The dinner committee should be congratulated The function had proved a most enjoyable and satisfactory celebration of the Centre`s hundred years, which involved the membership and contribution of thousands of sporting and non-sporting motorcyclists with well over a hundred and thirty clubs during its long and varied history.