The club was deeply saddened to learn of the death of long-term member and stalwart supporter, Derek Harmer. Derek (don't call him "Del") became a supporter of the club while watching Stuart as a colt and continued attending home matches for many years. As a highly knowledgeable rugby man, it's not entirely clear what he made of his time on the sidelines at Orpy but he obviously enjoyed himself as he kept coming back. Derek would often be found offering sound advice in the bar, both after Orpy games and during England games. He will be missed and the club's thoughts are with his family.
The funeral will be held at Eltham Crematorium (Falconwood) on Thursday, 5th September at 13:45. Family flowers only but if anyone wishes to donate to RNLI in Derek's memory, that would be much appreciated. Donations can be sent to Uden & Sons Funeral Directors and a collection box will also be available on the day of the funeral. The wake will be held at Derek's beloved White Cross pub on North Cray Road.