“A Knight to Remember” Raised £5000 for local cancer charities
Tony Edwards, has been known as the black knight for more than 40 years and was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2015. To celebrate his life Family and friends of the former Black Knight raised £5,000 for two cancer charities.
Tony, now 63, first appeared as the Black Knight in 1975 with Nottingham Jousting Association and loved performing so much that he started his own company in 1983 ‘Black Knight Medieval Entertainments’ and ran it for 20 years.
Tony along with his wife Amanda were also Leicestershire’s youngest pub landlords when they kept the Blue Bell at Hoby for 12 yrs until 1987.
The party at his John O’Gaunt home in Leicestershire, a county he has grown up in, was a celebration of Tony’s many achievements and for people who’s lives he has touched in many ways, to come together and reminisce. Whilst raising funds for charity.
Over 300 people attended, including family and friends to support and show their love for Tony and his family and also people from his jousting career, the Quorn Hunt which he has always followed and various Rugby clubs he has played for including Stoneygate, West Leigh and Raynards. Some people he had not seen for more than 20 years.
Tony said “it has been an incredible day enjoyed by everybody and we have raised an enormous amount of money for some fabulous charities, I cannot thank everyone involved in organising it enough and those who donated everything to add the extra special touches that took me back in time. The biggest thank you is to my family and friends for their generosity, I must have done something right”.
In a career that has spanned 50 years from the medieval jousting arena, publican and catering business to a property renovation company this man truly has turned his hand to anything and touched more lives than he could possibly imagine.
The entertainment was provided by Legends. Other sponsors of the event included Geoff Lewin, Hexagan Marquees for reducing
the rate of the marquee provided, Rural Land Rover Services for assisting with traffic and Dove Cote farm shop for supplying the Hog Roast.
All the proceeds from the day go to two charities Coping With Cancer, which provides emotional support for those affected by Cancer, and Hope Against Cancer, which funds research into the disease.