CRICKET: The past was celebrated as cricketers in Boughton prepared for a new era in the village.
The village team has been re-formed and to mark the occasion, staged a hog roast, attended by 200 club members, their wives, guests and villagers.
Guests of honour were some of the players from the last time Boughton had its own club – Roy Sheerwood, Angus ‘Tosh’ MacIntosh, Terry Brown (a former captain who had come down from Grimsby especially for the occasion) and John Glover.
An exhibition match was played by current club players, followed by a short ceremony to formally open a new clubhouse.
It has been named after Alan Wilkinson, who had the vision to restart the club almost a decade ago. He also bought the site of the ground and leased it to the club for the princely sum of £10 per annum. Sadly, he died two years ago but district councillor Colin Sampson was on hand with a pair of scissors to perform the opening.
The evening was rounded off with a rock and roll session from local band The Coots, who waived their fee.
Club treasurer Paul Coulten said: “Newcomers to Boughton are always impressed at the things going on. This latest successful event is set to raise £3,000 for club funds. We shall be looking for sightscreens and wicket covers, to improve our facilities for village cricket.”