Sid serves up a story
Released: Tuesday 17th July 2012 at 14:17
Andy Murray might have broken the hearts of Great Britain last month but the tennis season is not over yet.
Sid Slawther, a former Wimbledon umpire and Sunderland headteacher will be giving a talk on Wednesday, July 18 on one of the nation’s most famous annual events.
This is the fourth in a series of seven Community Lectures at the University of Sunderland.The lectures are free to attend and are held at the Prospect building, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s.
Sid was an official on court at Wimbledon for twenty years after playing and coaching tennis for even more years in the North East. He was also a headteacher in the city as part of his day job.
Wimbledon is widely considered to be the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and lights up the television sets of millions every year across the United Kingdom. It has been held at the All England Club, Wimbledon, London since 1877 making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It is also the only Grand Slam played on a grass surface.
After Sid’s talk there are still three lectures to go this summer, featuring a variety of topics and will all take place on the University’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus on the banks of the River Wear.
July 18 – Sid Slawther – Umpiring at Wimbledon
August 1 – John Cannon – The Monarchy Revisited
August 15 – Laura Sole – Golden Age of Northumbria
September 5 – Dr Rebecca Williams Dinsdale – Resilience and dealing with adversity
The lectures start at 2.30pm and last about one hour. Please arrive at the Prospect Building between 2pm and 2.30pm to register before the lecture begins.
There is (Pay) parking in the grounds of the campus and St Peter’s Metro Station is within a few minutes walking distance.