A centenary charity cricket day in memory of Warwickshire and other local cricketers who fell in the Great War will be held in Birmingham this weekend.
The day will raise cash for local military charities as well as youth and disability cricket in the region.
The event is organised by registered cricket charity The Bill Lloyd Memorial Trust and will be held in Handsworth Park on Sunday – the eve of the 100th anniverary of the outbreak of the war.
The event will be dedicated to the eight Warwickshire cricketers who died fighting in the Great War, as well as other Birmingham cricketers who were killed or wounded.
It will also acknowledge the 150,000 Brummies who joined up to fight in the war, the 12,500 who didn’t return and the 35,000 who were seriously injured.
Highlight of the day will be a 40-overs-a-side match between a Warwickshire Cricket League team and a Bill Lloyd Memorial Trust side. There will also be a youth and disability T20 cricket match.
Other attractions will include Warwickshire’s favourite mascot “Hugh Bear”, a funfair, car boot sale, a cricket memorabilia auction and craft stalls, marching bands and a free and easy music session featuring songs of 100 years ago
There will also be a wide variety of stalls selling souvenirs, books, food and drink and ice cream. There will be a raffle and a charity auction. Admission is free.
The Bill Lloyd Memorial Trust was set up in memory of Birmingham cricket enthusiast Bill Lloyd who died from cancer in 2007, aged 64. He began playing in the William Cowper Street School team as a schoolboy and was still playing four weeks before his death. The Fund aims to help cricket and cricketers at grass roots level.
David Lloyd, operations director of the Trust, said it would be a great day out for all the family. The gates open at 11 am with the main match starting at 1pm.
“Birmingham made an enormous contribution to the war effort, not just the men who went to the front to fight, but the women who stayed behind to keep the city going, and produce the millions of guns, bomb, bullets and pieces of equipment needed by our forces. The city of 1000 trades wasn’t slow to support king and country. We want to remember that, and also in particular, the Birmingham county and league cricketers who gave their lives. The money raised will support local military charities, and also youth and disability cricket,” he said.
Among the Warwickshire players killed in the Great War was all-rounder Percy Jeeves who was the inspiration for the PG Wodehouse character and was killed on the Somme (and is the subject of Birmingham Post and Mail cricket writer Brian Halford’s book ‘The Real Jeeves’(short-listed for the MCC/Cricket Society Cricket Book of the Year Award), and batsman and Olympic gold medallist Reggie Pridmore who was killed in Italy while serving with the Royal Field Artillery.
Anyone wanting information about the day, or wishing to make donations to the charity auction can contact David Lloyd on 07764 378066.