‘Black Knight’ Tony’s £5,000 charity party

Tony Edwards at his charity party with wife Amanda and daughters Harriet (left) and Victoria EMN-150308-162205001
Tony Edwards at his charity party with wife Amanda and daughters Harriet (left) and Victoria EMN-150308-162205001
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Family and friends of the former Black Knight at Belvoir Castle raised more than £5,000 for cancer charities at a celebration of his life.

Tony Edwards, a notorious anti-hero at jousting events for more than 25 years, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May.

Tony Edwards, aka The Black Knight, in action during a jousting tournament at Belvoir Castle EMN-150308-162143001

Tony Edwards, aka The Black Knight, in action during a jousting tournament at Belvoir Castle EMN-150308-162143001

So he wanted to gather together many of his colleagues from the Medieval re-enactments he took part in, with friends and family members at a special party at his John O’Gaunt home.

When he arrived at the event he was given a guard of honour by a group of knights, some of them on horseback.

Daughter Harriet Rudkin, who lives at Asfordby, said: “We had over 300 people at the party.

“It was a lovely day but very emotional for all of us.”

Tickets were sold to family and friends, there was a bar and raffle and exhibitions of Medieval fighting arts.

Proceeds will be divided between Coping With Cancer, which provides support for patients, and Hope Against Cancer, which funds research into the disease.

Harriet said: “Dad really enjoyed the party and you could tell how highly everyone thinks of him by the lovely comments which were left in a guest book we put out.”

Tony, now 63, first appeared as the Black Knight at jousting tournaments at Belvoir Castle in 1975. He started his own company, Black Knight Medieval Entertainments, in 1983 and ran that for 20 years.

Tony and wife Amanda were once Leicestershire’s youngest pub landlords when they kept the Blue Bell at Hoby for eight years up to 1987.

Sponsors at the party included G-Force Entertainments, Digital Deadline, Flower Paradise and Rural Land Rover Services.