Posted: 31/03/2015 at 19:19
A very very long time ago when my grandfather was a small boy Dr W G Grace was staying on our family farm to go shooting with Gt Grandfather.
My grandfather fell into a ditch full of stinging nettles and as he was wearing shorts his legs were badly stung.
The story goes that Dr Grace pulled him out of the ditch, patted him on the head and said, "There there young man, if you're brave and don't cry, I'll send you a cricket bat when I get home."
A cricket bat duly arrived, complete with an inscribed silver plaque to my grandfather from Dr W. G. Grace. It was my job to oil it when I was a child. Now my brother has it