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Alan & Thomas to sponsor AFCB Reunion Dinner

Mark Hasell, Stephen Purches - Alan & Thomas to sponsor AFCB Reunion Dinner

Dorset's leading insurance broker Alan & Thomas Insurance Group will sponsor next month's 2003 AFC Bournemouth Play-Off Final Reunion Dinner at Dean Court.

The Poole and Gillingham based broker, who have strong ties with a number of local sporting and charity initiatives, enjoys a good relationship with the Cherries having been long-term supporters of the club.

The event, organised as part of defender Stephen Purches' testimonial year, will be the first time that Sean O'Driscoll's promotion winning squad have been reunited since their memorable victory at the Millennium Stadium ten years ago.

The dinner will be attended by more than twenty members of the playing squad and coaching staff, including captain Carl Fletcher and fans' favourites Wade Elliott, Steve Fletcher and Warren Cummings.

Alan & Thomas Group divisional director Mark Hasell (above right) was delighted to be able to announce the news.

"We are really pleased to be supporting the Play-Off Final Reunion Dinner. It's promising to be a special event and we are very much looking forward to it," he said.

"We are big supporters of AFC Bournemouth and having personally known Stephen for over ten years, I know how important he has been in the club's recent success on and off the field, and we are proud to be part of his testimonial year."

Purches, who is currently making encouraging progress in his recovery from a long-term injury, which he suffered last season, thanked the chartered insurance broker for their backing.

"I know Alan & Thomas has been involved with the club in various ways in the past and I really appreciate their support," he said.

"The event has been really well received and I'm sure it is going to be a great night. Everyone who was involved in that squad says that we had something special and it will be good to get everyone together again.

"It's my first testimonial event and hopefully it will be the start of an exciting year."

Tickets for the Play-Off Final Reunion Dinner on 21 April are currently on sale and can be purchased from www.stephenpurches.co.uk