October 12, 2014 by tommy
During the interval of yesterday’s SDU Longsword Competition, Phil Heaton got up to speak.
To a mostly respectful audience he outlined the development of the Sword Dance Union medal, an award to be given to those who’ve given exemplary service to the sword dancing world.
Vince Rutland of Sallyport Sword, Brompton Scorpers and Snark (amongst others) is the first recipient of the SDU medal after and during a sword dance career of both rapper and longsword, and allegedly Cotswold. He’s been responsible for Sword Spectaculars, Longsword Competitions and has the unenviable record of attending and dancing at every single DERT.
He’s also a steam train aficionado and has also refurbished a classic car. He denies ever being a member of the Newcastle Kingsmen.
Vince quite rightly paid tribute to his long suffering wife, who’s support has enabled him to fulfil his love of sword dancing and to give service to the sword community.
Well done Vince!