Speaker Alan Chalmers spent 40 years at Wimbledon’s Centre Court as the All England Club’s steward with special responsibility for looking after the seating arrangements and security of the competitors, their guests and assorted VIP guests, his first being Frank Sinatra. He has many anecdotes from 1976 onwards.

The Cinque Ports were a confederation that provided naval service to the king in medieval times in return for tax and other privileges. They were not so much a navy as an important source of ships when needed, providing essential maritime expertise to the king when such knowledge was limited. Their pre-eminence in medieval times […]