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Altofts mourn club stalwart George Newton

Altofts mourn club stalwart George Newton

Altofts are mourning the loss of their honorary life president George Newton who died last week after a short illness.

He devoted many years of his life to junior cricket at club, league and county level and was widely regarded for his knowledge of league and competition rules.

George was the long-serving manager of the Altofts under-18 side and was a respected official of the Heavy Woollen Junior Cricket league and the Joe Lumb Competition.

George was also one of the Altofts umpires, a role he fulfilled for many years only relinquishing the role when his arthritis reached the point where he could no longer stand for 100 overs.

By this time, he was also club chairman which was a role he relished before going on to be club president and honorary life president.

Current club chairman Brad Barber said in a Facebook post announcing George’s death: “After giving up umpiring his commitment to the club never diminished whether that be cleaning the clubhouse, helping with tea for senior games, making teas and coffees at junior games and doing many a mile around the perimeter of the playing field selling raffle tickets to raise much needed funds for the club.

“The time, effort and love that George put into the club was huge. He was always the first to offer help including pitching in at festivals and representative matches and even though he couldn’t get to the ground this year he still ensured he was a match ball sponsor and had a 100 Club number.

“George will be sorely missed by everyone at the club.”

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