Death of rugby club stalwart, landlord and legendary spoofer

David Durell was a regular at the Marine Travel Ground (file pic)

David Durell, a stalwart of Canterbury Rugby Club and former caterer, has died.

He was a regular at the club in Merton Lane including attending the pre-match lunch for the opening game of the season at the Marine Travel Ground.

Until recently, he was also the popular landlord and freeholder of the Chapter Arms pub in Chartham Hatch.

Before that Mr Durell was the catering franchise holder at Boughton Golf Club where he helped start the annual Golf Club Day and May Ball.

Both events became hugely popular.

David was a legendary spoofer

Upon hearing of his death, Canterbury Rugby Club said: “It is with great sadness that the club has learned of the sudden death of long time member, friend and supporter David Durell.

“David’s contributions to the club were many.

“He was also proud to be an early sponsor, the first team’s shorts bearing his Premier Cru brand on the backside, to his lasting amusement.

“He had wide sporting interests apart form rugby, being a member of MCC, the Griffins Head Golf Club.

“David was at the pre-match lunch for the opening game of he season at the MTG. The man with the big personality will be sadly missed.”


  1. Very sad to read the news of David Durrell’s death.
    Our loss, however, is very much heaven’s gain and the odd noises you’ll be hearing soon will be celestial change jingling around, as St.Peter gets to grips with the finer points of the art of Spoofing!
    Whilst David will be greatly missed, there will be much pleasure in sharing many memories of a truly larger-than-life character.
    RIP David.

  2. David Durrell took the UCFC shilling on a 70’s Friday evening in The Forrest Gate Epping. ‘Be in the pub tomorrow lunchtime, run forwards pass backwards etc.’ Great memories and thanks Double Dangerous.


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