History of the Flying Friendship Cup (written by Andrew Brown)

"This annual competition was initiated and arranged by BEA (the future British Airways) and ASADP in 1959, 50 years ago!, by a former club member Joe Garratt a British Airways senior manager and is a closely fought affair with a team of one fencer in each of the four disciplines. Wellesbourne was fortunate to have Joe, who had been fencing since his Navy days, join as a member some years ago when he was still at British Airways.

After he joined WSC Joe asked if we would like to come to the competition as he had no other BA fencers and for as long as I can remember Wellesbourne has been fencing as the British Airways team which is a bit strange but we like to carry on the tradition. (I did work at BEA in the 70's so feel OK about this)

So each year we fence in a different city against KLM, Iceland Air, Air France and Aeroport de Paris and although many of Joe's old friends have retired we have made many new friends over the years of traveling to Paris , Amsterdam and Brussels and we have hosted the event here in London on three occasions.

Joe was a great friend of mine and of the club as he served on the committee for several years and we miss him since his death in 2001."

More history


Click on the trophy above to visit Les Duellistes website. There is another history on the right hand sidebar. You will have to get your browser to translate the webpage though!