New bench in memory of former cricket club chairman

Paul’s partner June Martin pictured on the memorial bench with Jim Thomas, secretary of the King George V playing field (left), and Derek Wellman, secretary of Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club

UPLYME & Lyme Regis Cricket Club have unveiled a new bench in memory of a former chairman.

The new seat at the King George V playing field has been dedicated to Paul Messer, donated by June Martin, his partner of 41 years .

Situated on the boundary, near the entrance to the field, the seat has a plaque which simply says “please sit, enjoy the cricket and think of Paul”.

Paul, who died in 2018 aged 72, was a cricketing fanatic and with June enjoyed ten tours following the England test teat around the world.

June has continued her interest in cricket, have been on two more tours since his death and regularly supporting Uplyme.

Jim Thomas, the secretary and trust member of the King George V playing field and who assisted June in getting the seat, was in attendance at the unveiling, along with was Derek Wellman, secretary of Uplyme and Lyme Regis Cricket Club which was served so well by Paul during his chairmanship.

Paul was also the founding member of the Uplyme and Lyme Regis Sports Trust which helps young enthusiasts to achieve their sporting potential.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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