Ashes at Lanehead

Lanehead has been the venue for the scattering of ashes of three eminent former members of the club during the winter period.


First was Alan Whittaker, our former chairman and life member, when his nephew Andy Young, also an ex Bacup player, and his wife Irene came along to ensure that Alan's final resting was at the home of the club that meant so much to him.

A large family gathering witnessed a poignant and fitting tribute to the life of charismatic wicketkeeper and 1960 league winning captain Fred Mitchell. His wife Barbara and family, including another ex Bacup player in his son David, deposited his ashes and a rose bush in front of the pavilion.


Then just last week saw David Connell fly in from Australia with the ashes of his father Brian Connell who died recently in his 90th birthday.


Brian played a number of games for the first team in the 1950's and captained the second eleven for a number of seasons before emigrating to Australia. He remembered his times at Bacup with great fondness and it was his wish that his ashes should be scattered on the Lanehead ground. Once again there was a sizeable gathering of his family still located in the area as his son David and daughter Janet scattered his ashes on the square.


At Bacup CC we are honoured that three men who contributed so much to the club in their different ways should find their final resting place at Lanehead.

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