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REVIVING TRADITIONS: Mayor of St Albans becomes Honorary Patron of cricket club

 Published on: 17th September 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Mayor of St Albans has been appointed Honorary Patron of St Albans Cricket Club (SACC), one of the city’s oldest and largest sporting organisations.

Councillor Anthony Rowlands who is the current Mayor of St Albans was presented with a formal letter of invitation at the club’s annual President’s Day celebrations at Clarence Park on Sunday, August 27.

The appointment of The Mayor of St Albans as the club’s Honorary Patron is a revival of a longstanding tradition that ceased some years ago. The ceremonial title was always offered to the incumbent Mayor for the period of their time in office but hasn’t been taken up for several decades.

Andy Saunders, co-chairman of SACC said: “We are very aware of our important place in the sporting life of our city and are always looking at ways to forge closer civic and community bonds.

“The current Mayor already has strong connections with SACC as his son Sam played for us for many years and was himself a cricketer of some repute in his younger days!

“This seemed like the perfect time to revive the tradition of inviting The Mayor to be our Honorary Patron and we are delighted that he has accepted.”

Councillor Anthony Rowlands, Mayor of St Albans said: “I was delighted to be invited to revive the role of Honorary Patron. St Albans Cricket Club plays an important role in our local sporting life.

“In addition to fielding up to six adult men’s sides on Saturdays and two on Sundays, they have two successful women’s sides and an extensive youth programme. The club is also making a notable contribution through their community fundraising endeavours.”

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