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Club pays tribute to stalwart Ken Smith

IT was a mixed week for everyone at Barnard Castle Cricket Club this week following the death Ken Smith, who was at the forefront of club redevelopment work in 2000.

Ken, who was regular cricket press correspondent, wrote to schools and colleges in the area urging young people to back the club. The first night saw more than 100 children on parade for training, and this was largely down to his diligence in attracting boys and girls from the whole of Teesdale, said John Walker from the club.

As the club continued to develop, Ken made sure that the match reports kept getting through to the Mercury from U11 to 1st XI. This normally meant some early morning calls for bleary eyed captains on a Sunday morning, but a story had to be written ready for print on Tuesday.

Ken was never one to champion his own efforts but his voluntary service will never be forgotten by those who knew him, said Mr Walker.

His furneral service was being held at Coundon crematorium today (Wednesday) at 12.30pm with refreshments at the club at around 2pm. Everyone welcome.

The Club will be presented with the Durham County Chairman’s medal, at County Hall on Friday.

The letter draw for week ending February 17 was YJG with no winners. The £762 kitty will roll over.

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