Andy Murray’s Wimbledon success at the weekend was enjoyed by millions of TV viewers around the country.
But for one Berwick man in particular it was an extra-special moment.
For Colin Edney, who is Andy’s great uncle, was courtside to see the Scot beat Novak Djokovic in three straight sets and become the first British player since Fred Perry in 1936 to lift the famous trophy.
Colin, who is a former Berwick solicitor, has followed Murray’s career with interest, and he has been at the scene of many of his greatest triumphs, including Madrid and London 2012 when he won the Olympic gold medal, also at Wimbledon.
“Words just cannot describe the moment he won,” said Colin. “It was absolutely fantastic.
“I was sitting in Centre Court almost directly opposite the Royal Box. “The temperatures were baking, but fortunately I was in the shade for a lot of the time.
“The final minutes of the third set were nerve-wracking to say the least. But when he won the whole of Centre Court just erupted.
“It really was an unbelievable moment, and one I will remember for a very long time.”
Colin was one of a number of family, friends and associates of Murray who gathered in a lounge afterwards and they got a chance to meet and congratulate the man of the moment as he passed through on his way to meet the world’s media.
“It was arranged by his management company and Andy was kind enough to take a couple of minutes out to sign autographs, andshake people’s hands, including mine,” said Colin.
“I have followed Andy’s progress since his days as a junior. I have been lucky enough to go and see him play in four or five of his big finals, but this was by far his biggest victory.
“The sky’s the limit for him now, and who knows what he might go on to achieve in the future, although I am sure there will always be some new kids on the block looking to topple him.
“What this has done for British sport and tennis in particular cannot be over emphasised. It is just such a great achievement and I am very proud of him.
“We are a relatively small family. I am Andy’s great uncle, but it sounds better when I say my sister (Shirley) is Andy’s grandmother.”