A STALWART of the Hartlepool sporting world has been praised as a “rock to fall back on” in times of crisis.
Edgar Atkinson is 90 and still going strong as the treasurer of Hartlepool Cricket Club.
His dedication and support have won him a nomination in two categories of the Hartlepool Mail sports awards, as an unsung hero and also for lifetime achievement.
Edgar has been part of the club life for more than 40 years.
His nomination read: “Throughout his time, he has always been the rock to fall back on and rely on when times of crisis arrive.”
Edgar, a Yorkshireman from Driffield, was in the banking profession in his working days. His job took him all over the country and he eventually came to Hartlepool in 1972 to become the manager of the Nat West bank.
Three years later, he was treasurer of the town branch of the RNLI after being invited to join the management committee.
Edgar, a father of two, grandfather of two, and great grandfather of two, is also well known for his role at Hartlepool Cricket Club.
Michael Gough put forward Edgar and said: “On many an occasion, he has been the reason the club continues to run as smoothly as it does.
“The social aspect of the club has grown rapidly and Edgar has managed to keep on top of everything that relates to the finances of the club, ensuring it can operate as smoothly as it does.”
Edgar becomes the latest entry in this year’s sport awards which are now closed to entries.
Michael added: “Edgar continues to be part of the life and soul of the cricket club with his generosity and passion for the club.”
The next stage of our competition will be for the judges to meet and consider who deserves to reach the shortlist.
That will happen in the next few days. After that, the shortlisted contenders will be invited to attend the finals night which will be held at the Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield on October 22.
Our thanks go to everyone who has put forward names for the sports awards, and ensured that the standard of entries is incredibly high.
In the meantime, watch out for more stories in the coming days on some of the people who are in the running for honours.