Cricket club bowled over by gesture

Roger Harrison (pictured right) - lasting legacy
Roger Harrison (pictured right) - lasting legacy
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Former Blackpool Cricket Club secretary Roger Harrison (pictured right) has remembered the sporting organisation that he loved in his will.

He has bequeathed a handsome sum, believed to be between £150,000 and £200,000, to the Stanley Park club that was a major part of his life for decades.

Officials at the Stanley Park club have hailed the ‘fantastic’ gesture by Harrison, who gave unstinting, faithful and unpaid service.

Fittingly, a score-box that Harrison used for so many years, assiduously charting the team’s progress in the Northern Cricket League, will be re-built and named in his honour.

Other proceeds of his huge-hearted legacy will go towards helping to safeguard the future of the club.

Harrison, who was in his 70s, died in July in a nursing home - as secretary, he earned a reputation as one of the most faithful servants in the club’s long history.

The cricket club was one of his twin passions, the other being Blackpool Football Club, where he served for a spell as assistant secretary, as well as long-term statistician.

Blackpool CC chairman Dave Cresswell said: “It is a fantastic gesture.

“Roger has given his life to cricket as well as football.

“He spent hours and hours at the cricket club, five nights a week and at weekends, working hard and unpaid.

“Roger was so generous in his time to the club throughout his working life.

“For the next 20 years, the money will safeguard cricket for the next generation and maybe for the next generation after that as well.”

Cresswell added: “When I visited Roger in his nursing home, he wanted to make sure that junior cricket was provided for.”

The exact amount that has been left to Blackpool will not be known until the formal publication of the will and all the various investments Harrison made have been realised.

Harrison’s gesture comes at a time when Blackpool’s fortunes are in the ascendancy.

Cresswell said: “Three years ago after we lost the county fixture, we were approaching members for donations, but we have just had a great year and the club is on the up.”

The club committee are due to meet this week to discuss the full impact of the cash legacy.