Fenner CC says goodbye to White Pavilion after 100 years
OVER 100 years of history has been knocked down after Fenner Cricket Club said goodbye to one of its famous landmarks.
The club's White Pavilion, which was originally an old farm house, is being demolished to make way for a new car park for land owners Fenner Dunlop.
The venue was once graced by Test cricket stars like Ray Illingworth, Geoffrey Boycott, Jimmy Binks, Fred Trueman, Wesley Hall and Charlie Griffiths, who all featured in Yorkshire County Cricket Benefit games during the 1960s and 70s.
The Marfleet site has always remained steeped in the game of cricket, and remains so today, thanks largely to former Fenner company chairman Mr S.B. Hainsworth, who left in his deeds for the recreation area to remain as a cricket and sports facility.
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Whilst the loss of the building is a disappointment in the club's 50th anniversary year, they have outgrown the facility which has been replaced.
Richard Ollett, chairman of Fenner CC, said: "The Pavilion has been graced by great players in the past like Sir Geoffrey Boycott, Garfield Sobers and Ray Illingworth.
"It is sad to see the old building go because it has a lot of memories.
"The new facilities are ready to go for the start of the new season, though, and the handover of them is taking place this week."
With four senior sides and six junior teams now in operation, Fenner have simply outgrown the old farm house, which had severe damp problems.
Current landlords, Fenner Dunlop, have provided an alternative changing room and viewing facility within the existing Antler Club, which now overlooks both the junior and senior cricket squares at the ground.
Ollett added: "It did take a lot of maintenance and we had to redecorate the pavillion on a yearly basis to meet the necessary standards, so I guess it could be a blessing for us."