Tottington St Johns Cricket Club, part of Tottington Sports Club, is proud to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2012

The first major occasion of our 125th year was a launch event at the Man Yuen restaurant in Tottington on Sunday April 15th. Over 150 players, families, friends and supporters of the club gathered for a lunchtime meal and celebration which brought together friends new and old from all areas of the club and beyond.

Proceedings kicked off with a breezy introduction from Chairman Scott Parkinson who briefly welcomed everyone before handing over to Kieran to go through the running order together with various ways that those gathered could support the club, both on the day and throughout the year. A special moment followed as we welcomed a number of new honorary life members into the club - a full story about this will follow. Although a number of folk were unable to be present on the day, we were delighted to have Alan and Cynthia Bennett, Dave Coffey and Kath Brooks in attendance - all of whom received their awards to warm applause.

A lovely 3 course meal followed, with plenty of time to socialise and catch up with friends. It was especially pleasing to see so many in attendance from fellow clubs and other organisations, such as the North Manchester Cricket League, Woodbank CC, Tottington Conservative Club and more. We really appreciate everyone's support.

Following the meal there was just time to draw the various raffle winners and for a number of folk to very generously support our Buy A Brick appeal, which we hope will be very successful this season.

We would like to extend special thanks to Paula at the Man Yuen and her staff for their efforts beforehand and on the day, and to all those involved in setting up the event, particularly Duncan Phillips, the "grumpiest man in the world" as KC announced on the day. It was a terrific way to kick off our 125th anniversary celebrations and we look forward to seeing all our friends again throughout the year. Next event, the big family fun day on June 23rd! Watch this space ...

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