Champ’s sporting lot goes under hammer

UNDER THE HAMMER ... Anderson and Garland's Fred Wyrley-Birch with athletics memorabilia belonging to Tyneside sporting couple Ian and Dorothy Chipchase. Inset, Ian Chipchase in his hammer-throwing days.
UNDER THE HAMMER ... Anderson and Garland's Fred Wyrley-Birch with athletics memorabilia belonging to Tyneside sporting couple Ian and Dorothy Chipchase. Inset, Ian Chipchase in his hammer-throwing days.

A GOLD medal-winning hammer thrower from South Tyneside has put his spoils of sporting success under the hammer.

Ian Chipchase, the 1974 Commonwealth Games champion, who hails from Hebburn, and wife Dorothy, also a former athletics star, sold a host of mementos from their track careers at auction in Newcastle on Wednesday.

Dated 16/01/2013''Athletics memorabilia belonging to Tyneside sporting couple Ian and Dorothy Chipchase, which are set to go up for auction.''See story North News'' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

Dated 16/01/2013''Athletics memorabilia belonging to Tyneside sporting couple Ian and Dorothy Chipchase, which are set to go up for auction.''See story North News'' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

The two lots – boasting trophies, badges, medallions, plaques, tracksuits and Great Britain tops and T-shirts from events all over the globe – fetched £310 at the sale at Anderson and Garland Auctioneers.

The couple, who now live in Tynemouth, missed the bidding as they are on holiday in New Zealand.

Fred Wyrley-Birch, valuer at Anderson and Garland, says the sale ‘far exceed expectations’.

The haul of sporting items had been expected to raise between £50 and £100.

Mr Wyrley-Birch said: “The lots raised £310 in total – £130 for the first lot, including medals and trophies, and £180 from the second lot of tracksuits and T-shirts from their careers.

“It far exceeded expectations but lots like this, with local sporting stories, often do well.”

Mr Chipchase, now 60, broke the Commonwealth Games record three times as he hurled his hammer to golden glory in 1974.

He also won a string of national titles and competed at the European Junior Championships.

Dorothy, originally from North Shields, also competed in the 1974 games and held the British record for the senior girls’ discus for 38 years.

She later took up coaching and was awarded a long-service award for her contribution to athletics by the North Eastern Counties AA.

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