Tributes to Ken and his ‘immense contribution’

Ken Towse (second left) was the first winner of the Free Press Award for Services To Junior Sport in 2012.
Ken Towse (second left) was the first winner of the Free Press Award for Services To Junior Sport in 2012.

The local cricket community is mourning the death of Ken Towse, who dedicated decades to working with youngsters in the Bridlington area .

Mr Towse, who was head coach of Bridlington Cricket Club’s junior section for 20 years and a member of the club for 62 years, died last week.

A club statement paid tribute to his ‘immense contribution to junior cricket’. It said: “Ken loved coaching the juniors and watching them develop and even at the age of 80 never missed a coaching session or practice or competitive match.

“Several of Ken’s juniors have gone on to play Minor Counties and Yorkshire League cricket. A considerable number have played representative cricket for East Yorkshire.The current Bridlington first XI contains many players who have come through the junior section including his own grandson, Tom.

“Ken was respected and loved at the same time. He was generous with his time and nothing was ever too much trouble. Along with his wife Joan, they organised the Christmas draw for many years and always ensured it was a huge success.

“Ken could be firm when he needed to be but in a way that demanded respect with people knowing instinctively that he was right. When Ken stood down from coaching, he still liked to visit the club to watch the cricket, accompanied by his daughter Ruth.

“Kenhad a great many friends in the farming community and the Rotary Club.

“We are sad at his passing and we shall miss him immensely but we are privileged to have known him.”

The funeral service will be held at East Riding Crematorium at Octon on Monday at 3pm.