You will all, I’m sure, be saddened to hear that the league's president Len Woolmer has died.
Len had been president since 1989 and was league chairman for 20 years before that. He was also a life member and was the first winner, in 1980, of the McDowell/Colne Valley Award for service to the league.
He was a very active chairman, getting through much work behind the scenes, and continued in the role for some years after he stopped playing. Since becoming president, he rarely missed a finals night, AGM or quiz night.
In his younger days, Len was one of the league’s top players, building his game round quick reactions and a solid defence. He was a member of the Crittall A team that won the league six years in a row from 1968, a record that has yet to be broken.
He won the men’s doubles with Tony Guy in 1972 and 1974 (I was at the other end of the table in the first of those) and the mixed doubles with June Plampin five times.
Len was a good friend of mine for 45 years. I will very much miss having him around.