|Umpires Mullaney, Smith, Foster & Coward|
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was not the only event of note in 1953. Congratulations also go to the East Riding Cricket Umpires & Scorers Association which is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee this year with a number of events throughout the summer. Today sees the opening of an exhibition on the history of the association at Hull History Centre, with cartoons, poetry, biographies, photographs and a range of cricketing artefacts on display. The exhibition is on until 29 July and the treasurer of ERCUSA, Michael Free, has produced an illustrated book to accompany it. With a foreword by Dickie Bird, it expands on the written material on display and gives an interesting insight into some of the characters who have umpired local cricket! Next Sunday 14 July sees a charity cricket match at Hull CC's Chanterlands Avenue ground, when an Umpires XI will take on an Invitation XI made up of cricketers from the local leagues. A raffle or tombola will be held to raise funds for local charities such as Dove House Hospice and the Children’s Society. Spectators warmly welcomed. Finally all vice-presidents and current members are invited to the Kingston Theatre Hotel on Sunday 15 September, when a celebration lunch will provide a fitting finale to the Diamond Jubilee year. Commemorative lapel badges, mugs, and certificates are also being awarded to recognise individual service to the association. Long may it continue to serve cricket in the East Riding!