Sporting ‘star’ to retire from post

Pictured is Norman Tomalin, who is retiring from the Sports Ground Committee, Long Buckby.
Pictured is Norman Tomalin, who is retiring from the Sports Ground Committee, Long Buckby.
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A Long Buckby man will retire from the village sports field committee after almost 75 years of service.

Norman Tomalin, who most recently represented the Long Buckby cricket club, started using the field at the age of 15 and has since been an active member of the committee.

The 89-year-old said: “We are very fortunate to have such a fantastic field.

“I remember first playing tennis on the field when I was 15, I then moved on to play cricket, hockey and rugby and I have always been very much involved in the running of the sports field.

“I was the secretary for some time and then represented the cricket club along with four trustees and representatives from other sports.”

Mr Tomalin said he would be very sorry to say goodbye to members of the committee after meeting with them every two months for several years.

He said: “I feel somewhat emotional in saying goodbye, I have enjoyed my involvement in the committee over the years and I hope the sportsfield will continue to be so popular and well used – we are very lucky to have the space in Long Buckby.”

Former vice-chairman of Long Buckby Parish Council, Alan Webb, said: “Norman is a Long Buckby man through and through. He has put a fantastic amount of work into his role and he will be missed.

“He’s just a star of a man.”

Mr Tomalin added: “I have decided to retire now is an appropriate time because should really be younger people that come along to the cricket club and take part.

“I have reached the age where I have done my little bit so it’s the right time to retire.”

The father of four said he has greatly enjoyed playing on the field and hope the village can keep the open space for years to come.