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Fitting tribute - a memorial scoreboard at Northallerton Towmn Cricket Club
Neil Bartram, foreground, at the new scoreboard at Northallerton Town Cricket Club. Also present, from left; Joanne Bartram, Sue Place, chairperson, players Kevin Clarkson, Richard Bartram, Chris Wayman and club president Hugh Wrigley.Picture by Andy Lamb
THE FAMILY of a well-known cricket fan have created a lasting memorial to him - a cricket club scoreboard.
Harold Bartram, from Northallerton, who died several years ago, spent most of his life either playing or avidly following the sport.
The long-standing member of staff at Maxwell’s Electricals on Northallerton's High Street, he played cricket for Northallerton Town and was later on its management board.
When he died, aged 82, his family decided against a park bench, instead opting for a memorial scoreboard at the cricket club.
They donated money while club members and friends worked to install the electronic board and build a brick base.
The family link continues with Mr Bartram’s son, Neil, now club secretary while grandson, Richard, plays for the side.
Neil said his father had played cricket for the Northallerton Town Cricket Club in 1950, when the first wooden scoreboard was built.
“This is the end of a two year project. We wanted to provide a lasting memory of him at a place he held so fondly.
"The original board was built by members and supporters of the cricket club in 1950 and the new score board continues that idea.
“My father was a member of the cricket club when the original scoreboard was made. In his later years he was quite frail, but he always followed it every weekend and wanted to know the score.”
The scoreboard was officially unveiled on Saturday (April 12), ahead of the start of the new season.
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