Blue plaque tribute to inventor of ‘table tennis’ equipment

Paul Stimpson

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One of the pioneers of table tennis has been commemorated in his former home town.

July 15 was the 125th anniversary of the granting of a patent to David Foster for ‘Improvements in Apparatus for Parlour Table Games’ – equipment which was a fore-runner of the sport we now know.

A blue plaque was installed on his former home in Micklegate, Selby, by the local Civic Society, attended by past and present members of Selby Table Tennis Club.

You can read more about the story of David Foster in the ITTF website museum by clicking here (see pages 6-8).

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