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Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:57


Long-serving Undercliffe official John Dewhirst has died suddenly in Scarborough while on a short break to watch Yorkshire.

The 66-year-old, collapsed and died at the hotel where he was staying with his friend, Undercliffe secretary Rodney Broadbent

Broadbent said: “We were sat at the dinner table at the Mount Hotel and had just heard that Undercliffe had beaten Farsley. John was in good form and was really chuffed because Farsley were unbeaten before Saturday. We then sat in the lounge and he collapsed and died. We had been at Scarborough since the previous Wednesday. We also went to watch Yorkshire play Somerset at Taunton a fortnight ago.

“His death is a big loss to the club because he did so much without any fuss. He was 100 per cent committed to Undercliffe and was one of the few supporters, who followed the team home and away.

“He enjoyed watching cricket at Scarborough and became a member of the club.”

A retired insurance broker, Dewhirst had a lifelong connection with Undercliffe, where he had been a member of the committee since 1965. He was assistant treasurer for many years, president in 2000 and bar chairman.

A keen supporter of junior cricket, he was a life vice president of the Bradford Junior League, treasurer and later secretary. He was also a Bradford League umpire for four years during the 1980s.

He also enjoyed amateur operatics and at one time was president of Bolton St James Amateur Operatic Society

Players and officials from both sides observed a minute’s silence in his memory before the Dyson Twenty/20 cup match between Bradford & Bingley and Undercliffe on Sunday.

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