Trib­ute paid to row­ing stal­wart Row­land, 82

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­stephenb

TRIBUTES have been paid to the man be­hind the growth of row­ing in Peter­bor­ough who has died.

Row­land Pol­lard – bet­ter known as Rolls – died last month aged 82 af­ter a short ill­ness.

Mr Pol­lard was best known in the city for his in­volve­ment with the Peter­bor­ough Row­ing Club, where he was club chair­man for 37 years, as well as hold­ing the posts of cap­tain and pres­i­dent.

Cur­rent chair­man of the row­ing club, John Can­ton, paid trib­ute to his pre­de­ces­sor and said: “Rolls has left a club im­mea­sur­ably stronger and bet­ter for his in­volve­ment. He will be greatly missed.”

Mr Pol­lard was also known as a suc­cess­ful businessman and ran Pol­lard’s Flower Shop in Queen’s Street and later in Park Road.

He joined the row­ing club in 1952, fol­low­ing his brother Jim, who was al­ready a mem­ber.

Mr Pol­lard had such suc­cess at row­ing in his early years that, he was made club cap­tain in 1957, con­tin­u­ing in the role for two years, be­fore the pres­sure of run­ning his busi­ness forced him to stand down.

At the time the club­house was based in a large wooden shed with no ameni­ties, but dur­ing his time on the com­mit­tee, Mr Pol­lard played a big part in rais­ing money through a lo­cal foot­ball pools scheme which en­abled a proper boathouse to be built in 1961.

Mr Pol­lard stayed as chair­man for 37 years through a pe­riod that saw great changes in the club, in­clud­ing the move in 1983 from the river to the pur­pose-built row­ing course where it is now based.

Through his term as chair­man there was also a big ex­pan­sion in the num­ber of mem­bers, most par­tic­u­larly in the num­ber of ju­niors in re­cent years through mem­ber­ship of a scheme called Project Oarsome.

At the row­ing club Mr Pol­lard was well known for his love of cook­ing, with his spe­cial­ity dish be­ing whole salmon poached in cider.

Dur­ing his time as a florist, he was also a lead­ing light in the In­ter­flora or­gan­i­sa­tion and was Chair­man of the lo­cal re­gion for many years. In 1975 he was awarded with the In­ter­flora “Gavel” Award in recog­ni­tion of the high stan­dards that he main­tained.

Mr Pol­lard’s fu­neral will be held to­mor­row at Peter­bor­ough Cre­ma­to­rium at 2.30pm, which will be fol­lowed by a wake, be­ing held at the club. All club mem­bers are wel­come to at­tend.

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Rolls Pol­lard, a key mem­ber of the Peter­bor­ough Row­ing Club, who died last month, left, and back in the 1950s with Ger­ald Hutch­ings and the Re­gatta Queen.

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