Marina Dolman makes it to Harry's Bar, but this one's at Ashton Gate
BRISTOL City club president Marina Dolman fulfilled a lifelong ambition by visiting Harry's Bar.
Marina, widow of City's former chairman Harry Dolman, had been promised a visit to the famous bar in Venice by her late husband, but they never managed to get there.
So, she was thrilled to officially open the new Harry's Blackthorn Bar at City's Ashton Gate ground at the weekend.
It was only fitting that the guest of honour was Marina, who took over Harry's position as club president following his death in 1977.
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The event was attended by some of the most famous Bristol City players from the past, including Norman Hunter, Joe Royle, Gerry Gow, Paul Cheesley and Geoff Merrick.
In officially opening the bar, Marina explained its significance to her, having honeymooned in Venice but never managing to visit the famous Harry's Bar. She said: "Harry always said that we'd go there next time, but there never was a next time – so this bar means a lot.
"This brings back lots of memories. Thank you Blackthorn for the help and wonderful sponsorship to make it happen."
Kevin Smith, City's commercial director, said: "The aim of the bar is to create an area where supporters, former players, guests of the club can meet up in a relaxed and welcoming environment for many seasons to come."
Bob Chaplin, fruit and orcharding manager of Shepton Mallet Cider Mill, said: "Blackthorn has been a long-standing supporter of Bristol City, but this season we have also been made the club's first official principle partner.
"With such a close association, we are immensely proud to be a part of this bar.
"It's Blackthorn's 40th anniversary as well this year, so it feels like a double celebration."