Templepatrick President to receive Royal honour for services to cricket
The long-serving president of Templepatrick Cricket Club has been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Mallusk man Arthur Bowron is to receive the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to cricket in Co Antrim.
Mr Bowron was a founding member of the club - now based in Ballyclare - in 1969. Over the past five decades he has served the club as a player, committee member, groundsman and president - a post he's held for over 20 years.
He also carries out many other roles, freely volunteering his time to ensure adults and young people of all ages have the opportunity to play cricket.
The 73-year-old retired civil servant said he was shocked to receive a letter from the Cabinet Office informing him that he's to receive the BEM.
"I was extremely surprised, but delighted with the award," he said. "I think this one of the nicest things that has ever happened to me.
"I do feel a bit guilty though as after all, cricket has been my interest and my hobby for many years."
Mr Bowron said he's looking forward to collecting his BEM later this year.
"I would just like to thank everyone involved in making the award possible. I just hope that I am worthy of the award," he added.
Congratulating Mr Bowron, TCC chairman John Busby said: “This royal honour is richly deserved.
"Arthur has been instrumental in the development and success of Templepatrick Cricket Club over the past five decades, as a founding member, committee member, groundsman, president and in the many other roles he fulfils, all as a volunteer. "
His efforts have been key to the growth of TCC into the thriving club it is today, offering sporting opportunities to so many people in the community through cricket.
"On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank him for all his hard work and dedication over so many years, and congratulate him on his BEM. No one is more deserving of this recognition.”