Goodbye to Havant rugby legend

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THE date for the funeral of a Havant rugby legend has been set.

Mick ‘Chalkie’ Chalk passed away suddenly of a heart attack at the end of a Hampshire Cup game against Eastleigh last month.

Mr Chalk, 64, joined the club aged 16 and was a player, committee member and chairman over the years.

His dedication to the club was recognised with the accolade ‘ultimate clubman’ in May when the club celebrated its 60th anniversary.

The no-nonsense rugbyman also spent 18 years as chairman of Hampshire Rugby Club’s disciplinary committee.

And, for his commitment to the sport, he was honoured by the Queen with the British Empire Medal.

He was proud of the honour but immediately dedicated it to his family and all the club’s other volunteers over the years.

His funeral will be held at Portchester Crematorium at 10.30am on Wednesday, January 16. It will be followed by a wake at Havant Rugby Club, in Hooks Lane.