Nostalgia: A true love of cricket at Withnell Fold that has lasted and lasted

Terry West (third from right on the front row) with members of Withnell Fold Cricket Club in 1961/2
Terry West (third from right on the front row) with members of Withnell Fold Cricket Club in 1961/2
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While true love kept Terry West from playing cricket in his late teens, the pull of the game was so magnetic that he returned several years later.

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The 82-year-old, of Chorley, began working at Withnell Fold Paper Mill when he was 16, and he soon joined the cricket team, but found it was hard to maintain a relationship with his girlfriend.

Terry, who has five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, says: “I used to pay 1p a week out of my wages to be a member.

“I would often play on a Saturday night until around 8pm.

I started courting a young lady (now my wife) when I was 17 so I packed it in so I could spend more time with her.

“I joined the RAF when I was 21 but a few years later I went back to the mill as a joiner.

“Harry Blundell, chairman of the cricket club persuaded me to play again.

“There were a lot of decent cricketers from around the villages of Withnell, Brinscall, White Coppice and Chorley.

“We were members of Chorley and District League. We used to go for a pint afterwards at the Golden Lion pub.

“When the mill closed in 1967, we were wondering what to do about the cricket club.

“Wiggins Teape and Company rented the ground for £1 a year.

“We had to look after the ground ourselves and the pavilion was in disrepair.

“We raised money through village fairs, gala days and barbecues and borrowed money from Whitbread. We had a lot of help from other members of the club and we build a new pavilion. As a joiner, I did a lot of work myself.”

The father-of-three adds the photograph was taken in around 1961/2 and he remembers breaking his leg.

He adds: “I can name 
everyone pictured.

“Harry Blundell is on the back row and the photograph also shows Brenda Hall who was the scorer.”

Withnell Fold Cricket is still a thriving cricket club, competing in the Palace Shield.