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Pride of Lions 1997 reunited to speak at special dinner, Hatherley Manor Hotel, April 26

As excitement builds for the 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour this summer there will be a unique opportunity to spend an evening with some of the sporting legends who took part in the victorious Lions Tour 20 years ago.

The Pride of Lions 1997 Reunited Dinner will bring together four of the rugby heroes for a fascinating event at the Hatherley Manor Hotel on Wednesday, April 26.

They were part of the first Lions squad to win a test series in South Africa since 1974.The Pride of Lions 1997 Reunited Dinner will provide a chance to hear their stirring memories of that tour and provide an insight into the daunting trip to New Zealand.

Appearing at the event will be:

Neil Jenkins MBE (Wales) - Jinks was the top points scorer in the Test series with his near faultless display of goal-kicking. Now kicking coach with Wales, he is hotly tipped to be part of Warren Gatland's backroom team for the 2017 tour.

John Bentley (England) - Bentos was one of the stars of the tour finishing as top try scorer with 7 tries including his fabulous solo effort against Gauteng Lions.

Paul Wallace (Ireland) - Wally started the tour as understudy to Graham Rowntree but forced his way to be first choice for the Test series as part of the "smaller" front row that smashed their bigger rivals. Now a Sky TV pundit.

Doddie Weir (Scotland) - Doddie is a larger than life character who was an integral part of the midweek side that remained unbeaten on tour providing back up to tour skipper, Martin Johnson.

The Pride of Lions Reunited Dinner has been organised by events experts Aitch and Aitch Bee and sponsored by Helen Hartery-Brown of Aitch and Aitch Bee said: "It is 20 years since the 1997 Tour and we are bringing together four legends to recall an outstanding sporting achievement.

"It should be a marvellous evening and we are all looking forward to meeting four amazing sportsmen who helped blaze a trail for the British and Irish Lions."

Mark Owen, Editor of, said: "This dinner is a unique chance to hear from four sporting greats who I am sure will have a fantastic story to tell."

The Pride of Lions 1997 Reunited Dinner on April 26 will include a delicious three course meal and a raffle and auction in support of the charity of the day, Footsteps 4 Finlay. Dress code is black tie.

A limited number of tables of 10 are available priced at £600 plus VAT. There are also a limited number of individual tickets available on a shared table priced at £60 plus VAT.

For more details about the dinner and Aitch and Aitch Bee's other forthcoming events, call Helen Hartery-Brown on 07766 027272, email her at or visit the website at

Pictured: Aitch and Aitch Bee Events' Helen Hartery-Brown and Mark Hartery with Mark Owen (centre) Editor of

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