Cricket club in £190,000 will legacy

Roger Harrison (right)- legacy lives on

Roger Harrison (right)- legacy lives on

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The lifelong devotion to Blackpool Cricket Club by the late Roger Harrison lives on to the tune of £190,000.

That is the size of the cheque handed over to the club this week from the estate of the popular and loyal former Blackpool secretary, who died in the summer.

Stanley Park officials are in discussions about the best use to put the money which is seen as a ‘God-send’ at the Northern League club.

Blackpool chairman David Cresswell said: “The committee will be getting together what the priorities are.

“For some of the big-ticket items, we plan to start work as soon as possible.

“The scoreboard (to be named in honour of Roger Harrison) is the number one priority.

“We still haven’t got the full cost, but it is estimated that it will be between £15,000 to £20,000 and the intention is to have it ready for the start of next season.

“We have a range of other things to discuss, regarding renewable energy, ground-floor heating and the club car-park, which is in a bad state of repair, as well refurbishing of the pavilion.”

Cresswell added: “The club is doing very well at the moment, but to host cricket costs a lot of money.”

The vast bulk of Harrison’s bequest to Blackpool has already been channelled to the club, and there is a small residue to come shortly, estimated to be in the region of £5,000.

Harrison was a mainstay at the Stanley Park club for decades, working as secretary, fixtures secretary and scorer and in a Jack-of-all-trades role wherever he could help.

His other sporting passion was Blackpool Football Club.

For many years, he was the official club statistician at Bloomfield Road and worked for a time as joint-secretary.

Meantime, Blackpool have to still to finalise a deal for their professional for 2014.

Cresswell said: “We did have someone in mind, but he is no longer available.