Chairman David ‘a tough act to follow’

Howard Cooper, the new chairman of the Bramleys Halifax Junior Cricket League, is among those to have paid tribute to his predecessor David Armitage.

Armitage stepped down from the post after 21 years at last week’s annual meeting at Blackley CC and was thanked by league president David Normanton.

The league also presented Armitage with a commemorative plaque, no doubt acquired from his former company Briggs Priestley, who have been a keen supporter and sponsor of the league.

Warley CC’s Cooper said: “It is a great honour to be offered this position.

“The Halifax Junior League has developed into to one of the best in the county during recent years, and it is no coincidence that David has been at the helm whilst this has happened.

“He will be a tough act to follow, but I am confident that we can continue to flourish and develop further.

“I am very pleased that last season’s officials, Keith Goulden (fixture secretary), who works tirelessly for this cause, is at my side along with Rowena Mercer (league secretary) and Graham Young (treasurer).

Rowena Mercer added: ‘David is a most generous man with his commitment and passion for junior cricket.

“He has had no limits to his time and dedication to Halifax Junior Cricket and it has been a pleasure to work with him on the committee.”