Palace visit for county’s oldest ref

Harry Hardy, 86.
Harry Hardy, 86.
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Derbyshire’s oldest referee was handed an award for his servie to grass roots football this week at Buckingham Palace.

Harry Hardy, 86, still officiates matches in the Long Eaton legue.

The ref, who lives in Ilkeston, was one of 150 of football’s unsung heroes to be given an award by Prince William at a special ceremony on Monday.

Harry said “It was a fantastic day, everyone was very relaxed and it was a lovely day out.

“Prince William handed me my medal and sat he hopes I carry on, congratulations and that sort of thing.

“He was very friendly and made you feel at ease.

“It really was marvellous.”

Harry was joined on his royal vist by his youngest son, Philip.

After the presentation guests at thecelebration of 150 years of the Football Association,