He’s just turned 93, but Edwin is still the king of the spinners

93-year-old Edwin Kennington
93-year-old Edwin Kennington

Fresh from celebrating his 93rd birthday, Edwin Kennington continues to prove that age is no barrier when it comes to table tennis.

Edwin, a founder member of the Leverstock Green Over 50s Table Tennis Club plays twice a week and could well be the world’s oldest active male player.

Edwin was born in Nottingham on May 28, 1921 and he served in the RAF during World War Two as a ground crewman servicing Lancaster bombers at Elsham Wolds.

He first played table tennis when he worked at Sun Printing and, when he retired in 1982, Edwin joined the local over 50s keep fit class where he continued to play the sport which he had developed a true passion for.

On May 31 1995, Edwin won the over 50s mixed doubles championship in Dacorum with Hazel Horner, and the duo went on to set up the Leverstock Green Over 50s Table Tennis Club in January 1998.

The club has thrived since then and members still play in the village hall on Mondays from 10am to noon, on Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm and on Fridays from 10am to noon.

They have three championship tables and the standard of play is very good even though the average age is 74 years old.

Anybody over 50 who is interested in joining the club should visit a session to find out more – although they will need to join a waiting list as membership is currently full.