Remembering Ted, wizard of the table tennis table
PUBLISHED: 15:25 22 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:25 22 July 2019
South Norfolk Council
If you ever faced him across the net, you will remember Ted Ling the ping pong playing farmer from Palgrave.
Famous for his catchphrases on the table like "what a miss......!" and "whole table.......!" he was still playing to a good standard well into his 70s.
Now a new plaque has been unveiled in the memory of the local sportsman who died aged 82 last December at the outdoor Ping! table on Fair Green in Diss.
Friends and players from Diss Table Tennis Club joined South Norfolk councillors Martin and Jenny Wilby to unveil the plaque on, fittingly, National Table Tennis Day.
Councillor Martin Wilby said: "I first faced Ted across the net many years ago. He was a very tough competitor but always fair. His enthusiasm for the sport was infectious and he supported new players, encouraging them to play and helping them improve their skills."
A well-known figure in the town having farmed in Palgrave for all his working life, bringing up three boys along with his wife Julie, Ted played many sports, including football and hockey, but he excelled at the table tennis table.
As a player then committee member and later as president of Diss Table Tennis Club, he rarely missed a meeting and was always the life and soul of many presentation nights with his partner Jean ever by his side in the latter years.