TRIBUTES were paid to the long-standing president of a grass-roots cricket league who has stood down from the position after nearly 15 years at the helm.
Norman Laidler, who held the post since 1997, was also presented with a special gift to commemorate his years of service to the Johnnie Johnson Housing Alnwick and District Cricket League.
The gesture came as part of the league’s AGM and presentation night at The Angel Inn, Wooler.
In his farewell speech, Mr Laidler, who has been involved with the league since starting to play in 1946, said that he was sad to be giving up but felt it was the right time to go as his predecessor – Harry Green – also stood down when he reached 80.
Mr Laidler added that it had been a great pleasure and a great honour to be associated with the league.
He added that his last season in office had been made even more memorable by presenting the T20 Cup to the Tillside Tomahawks side which included his grandson John Weatherhead.
The newly-elected president, Tommy Hogg, presented Mr Laidler with a pair of engraved tumblers to commemorate his long service to the league.
As part of the ceremony, players and teams were honoured for their efforts during the 2011 season.
Mitford CC were presented with the League Champions Trophy. Warenford CC won both the Vice-President’s and the Tate Cups, while Tillside Tomahawks were victorious in the Surridge Sport T20 Competition.
Mitford’s Matthew Ellinor won the senior player of the season, while Howick’s Richard Elliott and Warenford’s Michael Thompson shared the junior player of the season awards.
Warenford’s evergreen Brian Thompson again took home the batting trophy and Wooler bowler Andrew Aitchison was awarded the prize for the best bowling.