TRIBUTES have been paid to local cricket legend Fred Bonsall who died on December 31.
During his career Fred served Denton West, Flowery Field and Bredbury St Marks with great distinction.
Representatives from all three clubs will join Fred’s family and friends at his funeral on Thursday, January 23.
The service will take place at Bredbury St Mark’s Church at 10.30am followed by Rowan Chapel at Stockport Crematorium at 11.30am.
Anyone wishing to make a donation is asked to send to The Alzheimer’s Society.
A wake will be held at Flowery Field CC at Throstle Bank Street, Hyde, to celebrate Fred’s life and swap many cricket, plumbing and friend stories.
The family have thanked well-wishers for their sympathies, cards and flowers saying: “It only confirming what we already knew – what a truly respected man he was in all he did.”
Some of Fred’s finest hours came playing at West where he was a huge part in the club’s success in the mid 70s.
Posting on their website the club recalled: “He played in front of some of the largest crowds we have ever seen at Windsor Park which led to our first Lancashire Knockout Cup win at Old Trafford.
“Fred played with us for several years and was a great teammate and a real tough opponent for every team we played.
“Our condolences go out to Sheila, Paul, Clare and all the family at this time and also to all his old teammates at West, Flowery Field CC and Bredbury St Marks CC where Fred played so much great cricket and is a legend at all three clubs.”
Bredbury posted their own tribute on social media saying: “It is with great sadness the club can announce that Bredbury legend Fred Bonsall passed away earlier.
“Fred’s legacy at the club will always live on and one of his and the club’s greatest achievements was when he took all 10 wickets in an innings. RIP Fred you will be missed by us all.”
Carole Feakes wrote on the Flowery Field CC Facebook site: “It is with great sadness that I have to share the news that Fred Bonsall passed away having lost his 10-day battle with pneumonia.
“Paul and Clare were with him in the hospital when he went so he was not alone.
“Heaven has one more angel and I’m sure he’ll be chewing the fat with all those other departed cricketers. RIP Freddie.”