In recent weeks, the great sport of rugby league, which Jack Harrison excelled in to the point of winning the Challenge Cup in the year that Britain went to war, and set a Hull FC club record of scoring 52 tries in a season which still stands now, has been rocked by some hugely upsetting news regarding two current players.
First came the news that Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow has been diagnosed with the debilitating Motor Neurone Disease, and more recently came the news of the career ending spinal injury to Hull Kingston Rovers co-captain Mose Masoe in a pre-season game against Wakefield Trinity, a benefit game for previous Challenge Cup winner Danny Brough.
At this moment in time, rugby league journalist Ian Peter Judson, who leads the campaign to have a statue of Jack Harrison erected in his hometown of Hull, is working on an ambitious fundraising plan for the campaign, the Jack Harrison VC MC exhibition, which will take place at Sutton and Wawne Museum on the weekend of 1st, 2nd and 3rd May – the anniversary of the Battle of Oppy Wood where Jack sacrificed his life and was consequently awarded the Victoria Cross (the highest honour that can be given to a member of the British armed forces).
As part of this venture, which is already being advertised on the Sutton and Wawne Museum website, Ian and several others, including director Kenny Richards-Preston, actor and cameraman Gary Overton and Leeds-based actor Roxy Gallagher, will be making a series of short films, all written by Ian, to depict different parts of Jack’s life as schoolteacher, record breaking rugby league player and war hero.
Anybody who is a member of the rugby league family, as a supporter, player, coach, chairman, chief executive, conditioner, trainer or any variant are invited to join us on set to see what happens behind the scenes of a film set, or even to join in the action as an extra on screen, with your name added to the credits at the end of the short film(s) you appear in.
Details of dates/times/locations etc for filming shoots, and how much to donate for the different experiences, will be made public in due course (expected next week). You don’t need to be an actor etc, or even a film fan to take part, but all money donated through fundraising pages will go directly to the families of Rob Burrow and Mose Masoe and all participants will be invited to be guests of Ian Peter Judson at the exhibition in May.
Anybody interested should email Ian at [email protected] – links to fundraising pages will be forwarded to interested parties.