I was saddened to read the obituary of Vic Roberts. I lived in Sussex for more than 40 years not realising that he lived in Horsham where his memorial service was held.

Vic Roberts was one of my rugby heroes of the late 40s and 50s, along with the great J T "Dicky" George and Roger Hosen, also both Barbarians along with their England honours. But what a man was Vic Roberts! As the Packet obituary stated, 16 England caps, captain of England, albeit a little intermittently, a Lions tour in 1950 to Australia, a committee member of the Barbarians in 1946, 45 caps for Cornwall, and his clubs also included the Civil Service, Penryn, Swansea and the Harlequins. He was also accorded the Freedom of the Borough of Penryn in 1956.

I suppose the greatest season for the county in the 50s was in 1957-58 season when Cornwall reached the final of the County Championship held at Coundon Road, Coventry. Unfortunately we were defeated by Warwickshire by 16 points to eight. Harold Stevens once reminded me that they had to contend with several broken noses and snow flurries on that memorable day, March 8, 1958. Prior to that, their was a fantastic semi final at Redruth when we defeated Lancashire by 14 points to eight and Vic Roberts and Harold Stevens were chaired off.

I wonder how many Old Grammarians remember the pilgrimage to Coventry when two Pelere Motors coaches made the trip? Does any Old Grammarian remember when exactly Vic Roberts came back to school to receive his rugby colours? This defies even the "guru" of Grammarians information, Peter Gilson!

Ray Plummer, the former FGS, Penryn and Cornwall scrum-half, states that it was 1951 and so does the Gilson book A School to Remember No 1, but the item is missing from the school magazine diaries. Can any Falmouth Grammar School Old Boy help?

John Warner, 35 Messack Close, Falmouth