12:00pm Thursday 25th July 2002
A SEAT in memory of Jack Grove who worked tirelessly for Ashton-under-Hill Cricket Club for 53 years was unveiled on the cricket ground last Saturday.
The seat, carved with £ signs to mark his work as treasurer and with a representation of him on the ride-on mower to signify his work as groundsman, was made by Ashton craftsman Mike Cope and is positioned in line with square leg where he stood as umpire for so long.
Former cricketers joined members of the current teams for the ceremony when club chairman Doreen Cope said: "Jack was a grand man in our cricket club, and throughout the years did a tremendous amount of work to enable the club to run smoothly. We are realising now juts how much he did over the last 53 years."
She added: "Naturally, over such a long period of time one tends to take things for granted - thus the shock when we have to knuckle down and follow such a good example, impossible, of course, they broke the mould when they made Jack. I know you will all have your own recollections of him."
Club president Michael Wood unveiled the seat and the first two to use it were two other long-serving club members, Les Haines and Robbie Hawker who were made honorary life members of the club at the ceremony.
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