Murray victory revives memory of 1936 Perry win

PIC PHIL WILKINSON.TSPL / JOHNSTON PRESS''TS PICS.''PIC SHOWS  94 YEAR OLD JOAN GRAHAM , WHO WATCHED FRED PERR WIN WIMBLEDON ON CENTRE COURT AS A YOUNGSTER , IN 1936 , SHE ALSO WATCHED ANDY MURRAY WIN WIMBLEDON YESTERDAY AT HER HOME IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS.
PIC PHIL WILKINSON.TSPL / JOHNSTON PRESS''TS PICS.''PIC SHOWS 94 YEAR OLD JOAN GRAHAM , WHO WATCHED FRED PERR WIN WIMBLEDON ON CENTRE COURT AS A YOUNGSTER , IN 1936 , SHE ALSO WATCHED ANDY MURRAY WIN WIMBLEDON YESTERDAY AT HER HOME IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS.

It might have been three years before Britain declared war on Nazi Germany, but the last time a Briton won Wimbledon is still remembered by a select few.

Among them is Joan Graham, now 94, from St Boswells. She was in the crowd that saw Fred Perry beat Baron Gottfried von Cramm in 1936 –the last British male singles champion before AndyMurray.

Mrs Graham was just 17 and attended the match after school exams.

“I thought Murray played very well, especially to win in straight sets,” said the self-confessed sports addict.

She told us: “I’ve been in Scotland for 66 years, but used to go to Wimbledon a lot when I lived down south. I’d begun to wonder whether I would ever see any British player win it again.”

Asked if she had withdrawal symptoms now Wimbledon was over: Mrs Graham replied: “No it’s ok – we have The Ashes cricket this week.”