GREETINGS to the mysterious sender to me of a letter telling of the sad passing of Brian Jennings. The timing of this letter was almost uncanny, as I had been reading the sporting record of his late father, popularly remembered as CB.
Last week I happened to visit an antique dealer's shop and was entranced by finding a many paged document dated 1948 and headed "East London's Centenary" – 1948 was my matric year in East London and I devoured every page. The sports section reported all club sport played on the Border and pride of place went to an old rugby coach of ours, CB Jennings.
His achievements had been phenomenal: playing Border senior rugby while still a Dale College schoolboy, taking a place kick from the centre spot on King William's Town's old Victoria ground and putting it plumb through the posts. The shop owner has trusted me to take this centenary edition away and have relevant sections photocopied.
These I intended sending on to Brian, knowing that he was far from well, but not realising how close he was to the end.
Michael Kimberley's write-up was really on the ball ("Death of popular Bay minister", August 8). Brian's preaching was powerful and relevant to the nth degree.
I heard him at the funeral of another old Dalian, Paul Howarth, and I can understand George Irvine's comment that Brian knew how to fill a church. When I was still in Bushmans River, Brian asked me to conduct a training course for his lay preachers – never have I felt more flattered!
To Brian's wife and family, I send my tearful and prayerful regards.
Canon Peter Bowen, Pietermaritzburg