Rossendale Free Press

Tributes paid to former Lancs vice president

- CRICKET

FORMER Lancashire Committee member and Vice President John Brewer died in December after a long illness, a statement on the club’s official website reads.

John was born in Wigan and educated at Manchester University. He worked as a Solicitor and in his early years played for Lytham C.C. John was elected to the Lancashire Committee in 1978 and served for over 30 years before being elected a vice-president of the club.

He served on many Benefit committees for the players and chaired many of the sub-committees of the club. He followed Lancashire both home and away and edited the club’s Sunday programme as well as later commentati­ng on the radio for Lancashire matches. His fellow commentato­r, Andy Peebles, said of John: “A man passionate about life, cricket and Lancashire County

Cricket Club in particular. An early advocate of women’s involvemen­t in the game and someone who was deeply saddened by his failure to get a Premier League up and running in the county.

“As part of our broadcasti­ng team he was, as befits a man of law, relaxed in front of a microphone. I have lost a dear friend.”

Former Lancashire chairman Bob Bennett also paid his tribute to Brewer. “He was totally committed to the club and his contributi­on to cricket was enormous. During my time as club chairman he always made himself available to take on any task at any moment without hesitation.

“He was a big man but a giant in his overall effort to take Lancashire cricket forward at all levels.

“John Brewer’s contributi­on to Lancashire County Cricket Club and the game of cricket was immense, and in his passing the game has lost a principled, hardworkin­g and dedicated lover of the game, the likes of which we are unlikely to see again. During the last ten years he suffered tragically with ill health and it was difficult to witness the suffering he endured.

“A genuine fine and passionate man, may he rest in peace.”

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