The passing of the great Sir Everton Weekes is of course massive worldwide news and a source of real sadness. In little old Bacup however the sadness resonates especially deeply.
He did, after all, spend seven wonderful summers here between 1949 and 1958 when at the height of his powers. He was, by general consensus, one of world cricket's best ever batsmen and undoubtedly the finest to grace the fields of the Lancashire League. It goes without saying that we are immensely proud that he represented Bacup Cricket Club and is a major part of our rich history.
He was adored, not only by the cricketing fraternity, but by the whole town, young and old, and integrated seamlessly into the town, even owning a sports shop in the town centre. He lived near to the club and would drink in the town centre and play cricket with the children in the streets.
Stories about him are regularly shared today some 62 years after he last represented the club. These stories are, and will forever be, passed down from generation to generation.
Everton last visited us six years ago at the age of 89. We had a wonderful evening when he caught up with some of his surviving team mates, signed autographs for the young players and patiently posed for photos with all.
Our flag will fly at half mast in deep respect of a wonderful cricketer and human being and Interflora will ensure that Bacup CC is represented at his funeral.
Thanks for the memories. RIP Sir Everton.