Lancaster nostalgia: Recognise any faces from this cricket team?

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Local historian Terry Ainsworth looks back on the former Royal Albert Hospital cricket team.

Sport was always seen as an integral part of the Royal Albert Hospital’s vision of providing recreation not only for the staff but more importantly for the patients.

This team represented the hospital in 1960 and maybe some readers can fill in the blanks. Soon after this photograph was taken I began work in the wages office at the Royal Albert and Brian Bell and Gerry Jones were in the finance office although Gerry moved into wages later, following the sad death of Fred Haddock.

Jimmy Downham, of Lancaster Lads Club fame, worked at the hospital as a painter and decorator and we would often share a table at lunchtime in the canteen and talk football.

George Bratton, who was Tom Hudson’s assistant went on to become a chief male nurse in South Wales, and would eventually become my brother-in-law after I fortuitously met student nurse Margaret Onyett, also in the canteen.