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Derbyshire pay its respects to Gerald Mortimer

ChrisGrantDerbyshire County Cricket Club was well-represented at the funeral of former Derby Telegraph Sports Editor Gerald Mortimer, held at Markeaton Crematorium on Tuesday morning. 

Gerald - who died on 30th December, aged 77 - covered Derbyshire cricket for the local paper for other three decades, between 1970 and 2002.

Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant was accompanied by Regional Representatives Alan Flintoff and Edward Wilkinson, as well as a number of Vice Presidents including John Cater and John Brown at this morning’s ceremony.

A number of former players were also in attendance including Bob Taylor, Geoff Miller, Colin Tunnicliffe, Alan Hill and Harold Rhodes.

More than 100 mourners crammed into the chapel to hear tributes from Clive Bate, a lifelong friend of Gerald, and by Steve Hall, the Managing Director of the Derby Telegraph.

The service concluded with the closing words originally attributed to Grantland Rice who wrote in his poem about American Football; "For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against our name; He writes - not that you won or lost - but HOW you played the game.”

Gerald - one of only four non-cricketers to have received an Honorary Life Membership of the club – made a huge contribution to sport in Derbyshire over many years and it was a fitting send off to a fine journalist and a great friend of the Club.

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