Greyhound trainer Harry Attwater collapsed at Poole Stadium on Saturday night

Popular greyhound trainer dies after collapsing at Poole Stadium

Popular greyhound trainer dies after collapsing at Poole Stadium

Harry Attwater

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A POPULAR greyhound trainer died after collapsing at Poole Stadium during a meet at the weekend.

Hundreds of people were at the venue in Stadium Way on Saturday night when Harry Attwater, thought to be in his late 70s, fell to the ground.

Sadly, despite the efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at Poole General Hospital later that night with his son at his side.

Stadium manager Shaun Spencer-Perkins said: “Shortly after race four, we were made aware that one of the trainers, Harry Attwater, had collapsed in the middle of the track on the centre green.

“Staff quickly attended and an ambulance was called. Paramedics began CPR when they arrived.”

In full view of those at the stadium, Mr Attwater was given medical assistance by ambulance staff before he was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

Mr Spencer-Perkins said the 8.56pm and races onwards were not run, and that the meeting was then ultimately abandoned.

“It has been very upsetting for all of us as Harry was such a popular man,” he said.

“We made the decision to abandon the meeting for this reason.”

Mr Attwater, of Hordle near Lymington, had been “attached to the stadium for many years,” Mr Spencer-Perkins said.

“Harry was very well known in the racing community,” he said.

“He was extremely well-liked by everyone at the track.

“He was a very happy, friendly man who was a real asset to the team here.

“He will be missed.”

Leave your tributes to Mr Attwater below.

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1:12pm Sun 9 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

Its a nice way to go you know
on the job

R I P. Harry
Its a nice way to go you know on the job R I P. Harry nickynoodah
  • Score: 14

1:17pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Huey says...

nickynoodah wrote:
Its a nice way to go you know
on the job

R I P. Harry
Agreed RIP Harry.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: Its a nice way to go you know on the job R I P. Harry[/p][/quote]Agreed RIP Harry. Huey
  • Score: 20

1:58pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Gazza182 says...

Very sad. We were there last night and it seemed obvious that the paramedics were doing all they could, but apparently in vain. The meeting was abandoned shortly after.
Very sad. We were there last night and it seemed obvious that the paramedics were doing all they could, but apparently in vain. The meeting was abandoned shortly after. Gazza182
  • Score: 21

2:06pm Sun 9 Mar 14

hamworthygirl says...

RIP harry condolences to his family, he did go doing what he loved so hope thats a comfort to them.
RIP harry condolences to his family, he did go doing what he loved so hope thats a comfort to them. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 31

5:22pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Plumber64 says...

It is always sad a loss of life but at least he past away in good company doing what he loved to do R.I.P
It is always sad a loss of life but at least he past away in good company doing what he loved to do R.I.P Plumber64
  • Score: 16

8:13pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Pattyp2014 says...

We were there last night. Distressing to observe. Everyone appeared to be doing everything to save him. I didn't knows him but have been thinking about him today. At Least he was doing something he loved. RIP
We were there last night. Distressing to observe. Everyone appeared to be doing everything to save him. I didn't knows him but have been thinking about him today. At Least he was doing something he loved. RIP Pattyp2014
  • Score: 9

12:21pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ClarkeOsborne says...

What a shame that some have to use this very sad occasion when a human being dies in front of an unprepared audience, a good man doing what he loved and had been dedicated to for many years to exploit and publicise their minority view of a legal and highly regulated sport which I repeat, this man loved. Shame on you. RIP Harry
What a shame that some have to use this very sad occasion when a human being dies in front of an unprepared audience, a good man doing what he loved and had been dedicated to for many years to exploit and publicise their minority view of a legal and highly regulated sport which I repeat, this man loved. Shame on you. RIP Harry ClarkeOsborne
  • Score: 9

1:31pm Mon 10 Mar 14

simongreenaway says...

ClarkeOsborne wrote:
What a shame that some have to use this very sad occasion when a human being dies in front of an unprepared audience, a good man doing what he loved and had been dedicated to for many years to exploit and publicise their minority view of a legal and highly regulated sport which I repeat, this man loved. Shame on you. RIP Harry
Well said ClarkeOsborne
[quote][p][bold]ClarkeOsborne[/bold] wrote: What a shame that some have to use this very sad occasion when a human being dies in front of an unprepared audience, a good man doing what he loved and had been dedicated to for many years to exploit and publicise their minority view of a legal and highly regulated sport which I repeat, this man loved. Shame on you. RIP Harry[/p][/quote]Well said ClarkeOsborne simongreenaway
  • Score: 6

4:14pm Mon 10 Mar 14

whaleray65 says...

RIP Harry, sorry to hear this bad news, not seen harry for a long while but always was a top bloke, used to come in to Fortes, always had the same meal, liver and bacon grill, always had extra onion rings, always left a tip, a true gentleman. condolences to all whom were close to him.
RIP Harry, sorry to hear this bad news, not seen harry for a long while but always was a top bloke, used to come in to Fortes, always had the same meal, liver and bacon grill, always had extra onion rings, always left a tip, a true gentleman. condolences to all whom were close to him. whaleray65
  • Score: 4

6:27pm Mon 10 Mar 14

nigglygrilly says...

RIP Harry - as others have said he was where he loved to be. I am just a little concerned though that CPR was not given, according to the report, until paramedics arrived. Can anyone confirm whether this is correct and if so - why is there no First Aid presence at meetings? Does the same apply to speedway meetings held at the same venue? I would be interested to know please if anyone can tell me - thank you
RIP Harry - as others have said he was where he loved to be. I am just a little concerned though that CPR was not given, according to the report, until paramedics arrived. Can anyone confirm whether this is correct and if so - why is there no First Aid presence at meetings? Does the same apply to speedway meetings held at the same venue? I would be interested to know please if anyone can tell me - thank you nigglygrilly
  • Score: 1

7:11pm Mon 10 Mar 14

autistic son's dad says...

CPR was given to Harry within moments of his collapse. Between myself and one other who was fantastic we did all we could for Harry before the paramedics arrived. The article is inaccurate as far as this is concerned. please feel free to contact me at the stadium should you have any concerns about our provisions for the safety of our customers, staff and any other visitors which i assure you are exemplary.

David Pheby.
CPR was given to Harry within moments of his collapse. Between myself and one other who was fantastic we did all we could for Harry before the paramedics arrived. The article is inaccurate as far as this is concerned. please feel free to contact me at the stadium should you have any concerns about our provisions for the safety of our customers, staff and any other visitors which i assure you are exemplary. David Pheby. autistic son's dad
  • Score: 4

7:15pm Mon 10 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

The bookmakers odds are greater of you dying at the speedway than at the dogs you know
The bookmakers odds are greater of you dying at the speedway than at the dogs you know nickynoodah
  • Score: -3

7:20pm Mon 10 Mar 14

nigglygrilly says...

autistic son's dad wrote:
CPR was given to Harry within moments of his collapse. Between myself and one other who was fantastic we did all we could for Harry before the paramedics arrived. The article is inaccurate as far as this is concerned. please feel free to contact me at the stadium should you have any concerns about our provisions for the safety of our customers, staff and any other visitors which i assure you are exemplary.

David Pheby.
Well done - I am glad the article is inaccurate - I was hoping that would be the case - So sorry your efforts did not received the desired outcome but well done for trying - my heart goes out to all involved and affected by this event.
[quote][p][bold]autistic son's dad[/bold] wrote: CPR was given to Harry within moments of his collapse. Between myself and one other who was fantastic we did all we could for Harry before the paramedics arrived. The article is inaccurate as far as this is concerned. please feel free to contact me at the stadium should you have any concerns about our provisions for the safety of our customers, staff and any other visitors which i assure you are exemplary. David Pheby.[/p][/quote]Well done - I am glad the article is inaccurate - I was hoping that would be the case - So sorry your efforts did not received the desired outcome but well done for trying - my heart goes out to all involved and affected by this event. nigglygrilly
  • Score: 2

9:52pm Mon 10 Mar 14

PauleyM says...

Having known Harry since he lived in Heckford and Paul and I went to Seldown School this is really sad news. Always a fun guy, I am sure all that knew him will have great memories of many happy times spent. My thoughts go our to all his family, a top man
Mark Pauley.
Having known Harry since he lived in Heckford and Paul and I went to Seldown School this is really sad news. Always a fun guy, I am sure all that knew him will have great memories of many happy times spent. My thoughts go our to all his family, a top man Mark Pauley. PauleyM
  • Score: 2

10:32am Tue 11 Mar 14

sjradams says...

Dear Old Harry

everybody loved him and he loved his dogs and racing. He was a real gentleman and a great tribute to the best of the sport. We will all miss him at Poole Stadium and dont worry his family will look after his dogs. RIP Harry, best wishes to Paul and family, Simon the vet

As a vet I can assure you that the dogs are well looked after, they are healthy and happy and love to race. Serious accidents are rare thanks to the rigerous efforts the stadium goes to prevent them, but yes they do occur ocassionally sadly. However I can assure you that the number of dogs lost to greyhound racing is relatively small, with most retiring happily as happy healthy much loved pets. In contrast a much higher proportion of pet dogs are callously euthansed or abandoned . this is the real welfare problem in dogs ie irresponsible pet owners , not racing dogs where GBGB regulations guarantee high welfare standards! Come and see for yourself.
Dear Old Harry everybody loved him and he loved his dogs and racing. He was a real gentleman and a great tribute to the best of the sport. We will all miss him at Poole Stadium and dont worry his family will look after his dogs. RIP Harry, best wishes to Paul and family, Simon the vet As a vet I can assure you that the dogs are well looked after, they are healthy and happy and love to race. Serious accidents are rare thanks to the rigerous efforts the stadium goes to prevent them, but yes they do occur ocassionally sadly. However I can assure you that the number of dogs lost to greyhound racing is relatively small, with most retiring happily as happy healthy much loved pets. In contrast a much higher proportion of pet dogs are callously euthansed or abandoned . this is the real welfare problem in dogs ie irresponsible pet owners , not racing dogs where GBGB regulations guarantee high welfare standards! Come and see for yourself. sjradams
  • Score: 1

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