Memorial for Welwyn Garden City sportsman

11:30 08 April 2012

Glyn Bebb

Glyn Bebb


A MEMORIAL event will be held on Tuesday, to remember a keen and respected sportsman.

Former WGC man Glyn Bebb was best known for his table tennis skills, although he began his sporting career playing tennis, rugby and football for Peartree Boys Club and WGC.

Mr Bebb, pictured right, from Holwell Road, used an unusual style to play table tennis known as a ‘Pen Holder’ which is rarely used in this country, but is more common in China.

He won a string of championships in the Fifties, before becoming a veteran champion in the Sixties.

Friend Jimmy Thomas said: “Welwyn lost their greatest sportsman on the sad passing of Glyn,” while former team-mate David Seaholme added: “Glyn was certainly one of the top players in the county during the Fifties and Sixties.”

Roy Hurley, chairman of the SHAW (St Albans, Hatfield and Welwyn) Table Tennis League, said: “Glyn was indeed a class player.”

Mr Bebb continued to play tennis regularly, even at the age of 75, although according to his granddaughter Emma Gibson he reluctantly admitted he wasn’t as quick as he used to be.

He was married to Betty, who died in January, just a month before he died of bronchial pneumonia, aged 86.

He leaves daughters Rita and Susan.

A gathering for the interment of Mr Bebb and his wife’s ashes will take place on Tuesday, April 10, at Hatfield Hyde Cemetery, Hollybush Lane, WGC at 10am, followed by a gathering at The Sun Inn, Lemsford. The family would welcome those who knew Mr Bebb to attend.


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