£15,000 raised at Berwick Cricket Club anniversary dinner
The 1991 World Snooker champion John Parrott was the star attraction as Berwick Cricket Club brought its 175th anniversary celebrations to a close with a dinner hosted at Berwick Rugby Club.
With all funds raised on the evening going towards the club’s ambitious project to build a new, two-storey, multi-sport clubhouse at the Pier Field, Parrott was joined by former Australian international cricketer Marcus North and ex-Zimbabwe international Gus Mackay as the trio entertained the 180 guests in attendance.
In addition to the main guests, the appearance of Aussie Chris Smith was also greatly appreciated. Smith was the club’s overseas professional in 1994 – when the club celebrated its 150th anniversary – and he had travelled from the Netherlands with his family especially for the occasion, spending the night catching up with some old friends.
Following a five-course meal, .the subsequent raffle, where prizes included a Sir Garfield Sobers and Brian Lara signed cricket bat and a James Anderson signed and framed shirt, raised a fantastic £1,900 and then Parrott took to the stage and delivered a hilarious 45-minute routine, where he reminisced about his time as a team captain on Question of Sport and chatted about some characters from the snooker world.
The night ended with an auction, with items including a golf day with Parrott, including snooker and a trip to Everton FC, a golf trip for eight to the French Riviera, salmon fishing experiences and limited edition malt whisky were all up for grabs.
This boosted the evening’s taking to £15,000, taking the total raised for the clubhouse project so far to £85,000.
Reflecting on the evening, Berwick chairman Chris Keenan said: “First of all, I’d just like to say a big thank you to everybody who attended and to John, Marcus and Gus for coming along and help to contribute to what was a fantastic night for Berwick Cricket Club and the perfect way to end our 175th anniversary celebrations.
“We’re absolutely delighted with the £15,000 we have raised from the event, which takes us another significant step towards being able to build a facility that will not only benefit both the cricket and tennis clubs in the town, but other sports clubs and the wider public, too.”