I have recently learned of the passing of Arthur last week after a prolonged period of ill health. He was 96. There are many who will remember Arthur from the early days of Short Mat in the county when together with other “originals” such as Fred and Audrey Wood, John Ward, Chris and Christine Peel, Reg Tilley and Maureen and Stuart Lilliman played in the late 80’s in one of the earliest clubs in the county at Ampleforth (now St. Cuthberts) before the NYSMBA was formed. Arthur was a regular in the early days of the county team clocking up a total of 51 games. He was also a well respected umpire. In later years he concentrated more on the outside game and was the greenkeeper at Easingwold HRBC for many years. Our thoughts are with all his family and friends at this time.
Rest in Peace – Arthur