Honouring the past, a legacy for the future

Ken Pearson award

Ken Pearson, legendary cricketer and lifelong supporter of club and county cricket, was one of eight people awarded certificates of the Roll of Honour, launched to mark the 125th anniversary of the Jesmond Ground.

Ken, holder of the highest run total for Northumberland County Cricket Club, is pictured with Jesmond Ground trustee Adam Heather and Alan McKenna, chairman of NCCC. The other recipients were Captain Nicholls, G N Taylor, Ian and Roy Caller, and players F G H Clayton, C F Stanger-Leathes and Laurie Liddell. Full details of their remarkable stories are available in our heritage pages – and you can read the full citations here: Citations_Roll of Honour.

Open Day visitor spots former scorebox where he and his brother helped in the 1950s

Open Day visitor spots the former scorebox where he and his brother helped in the 1950s

The announcement was made at the final event to mark the anniversary of the creation of the ground in 1887 and the first match, held in July 1888. This was part of two Heritage Open Days, which included displays, a Discovery Trail and activities for families. More than 200 people attended, some bringing their own memorabilia to add to the displays.

BBC presenter Jeff Brown filming at the Jesmond Ground

BBC presenter Jeff Brown filming at the Jesmond Ground

The history of the Ground was told in a video which featured classic scenes from the famous Callers Festivals as well as archive pictures from more than a century ago.

Receipt dated 1897 for the purchase of the Constabulary Ground - which became the County Ground

Receipt dated 1897 for the purchase of the Constabulary Ground – which became the County Ground

The former Trustee Nicholas Craig revealed the remarkable details of a collection of handwritten letters written around 1897 to secure the ground for posterity – including the actual receipt for £7000 raised in pledges from local industrialists and also Earl Grey. We strongly recommend you click on the above picture to see the details of the receipt! These documents were on display to the public for the first time and then formally presented to add to the Tyne and Wear Archive. Read excerpts from them here.

And there was a video message of congratulations from Mike Gatting, President-designate of the MCC, who recalled how much he had enjoyed playing at Jesmond.
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A commemoration event was held for Mike Randell, inaugural chairman of Newcastle Cricket Club (2005 – 2009) as well as an Umpire and NCCC committee member for many years. A mountain ash tree was planted, and a bench unveiled. Nick Humble, Co-Chair of Newcastle Cricket Club, thanked Mike’s family for all they had done to support the club, which including requesting donations in Mike’s memory to go towards the new ground entrance.

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ENGLISH HERITAGE OPEN DAYS SCHEDULE

Thursday 12 September:

  • 10am for 10.30: Talk by Alan Morgan about history of Jesmond – all welcome, event free.
  • 12 noon: tree planting – tree donated by Waitrose, Jesmond, to mark the anniversary – all welcome
  • 12 noon: Open Day displays and activities, through to 7pm.
  • 12 noon: Bar open, snacks available.
  • Friday 13 September:

  • 10am – 11.45: Open Day displays and activities
  • 12 noon: Anniversary Celebration Lunch: booking essential, apologies, event now full.
  • 2pm: tree planting, to commemmorate the inaugural chairman of Newcastle Cricket Club, Mike Randell. All welcome.
  • 2pm: Open Day displays and activities, through to 6pm.
  • 12 noon: Bar open, snacks available.