On June 3rd 2002, Enid Todd daughter of Harold Larwood returns from Australia to open the new Kirkby and Portland Cricket Club’s pavilion.
‘The Harold Larwood Pavilion'; named after her father, has been made possible by receving an award from the Sport England Lottery Fund of ВЈ120,000.
The Sport England lottery Fund Award will go towards a total project cost of almost ВЈ148,000 allowing Kirkby Portland to replace two prefabricated buildings currently used as changing rooms.
The club itself was formed in 1878 but led a nomadic life before finally settling and buying the ground from Scottish and Newcastle breweries.
Club Chairman Terry Barrett said: “Enid has been to visit the local area before because the house where Harold was born is just across the road from the ground. We’re delighted that she will be formally opening the pavilion and we’re planning a weekend of celebrations.”
Kirkby Portland coaches children as young as seven and has built up three adult teams and six junior teams. Disabled players will be using the ground once the new facilities have been opened and the club is also keen to encourage girls’ and women’s teams.