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Friends gather for reunion to celebrate popular Great Horton club and see new film on its history
Cricketers who formed a Bradford club 42 years ago, and whose members included one who went on to become a peer in the House of Lords, are meeting on Sunday to reminisce about old times as well as premiere a DVD about its history.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Dale Smith , will be at the event being held by founder members of the Interlink Cricket Club which was formed in 1970 and disbanded in 1979.
Since then it has reformed and is still running with a different group of players and management.
Former players from Australia, Canada and India will be at the event at Aagrah at Midpoint, Pudsey , although sadly peer Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford cannot attend.
The DVD, titled Interlink Cricket Club, Our Story, charts the history between 1970 and 1979.
It contains original cine movie footage from 1972 and records the social history of the club and the youth of Bradford at the time.
It has been accepted by the Yorkshire Film Archive, the Lords Cricket Ground Archives and the Bradford Central Library.
The Interlink Cricket Club was was part of the Bradford Mutual Sunday School Cricket League.
It was managed by Father Keith Potter, of St Columbus Church, in Great Horton . Its home ground was on Spencer Road, and the Interlink Youth Club was on St Margaret’s Road.
At Sunday night’s event there will be a collection of old photographs, cine movie, scorebooks, original receipts, interviews with Coun Smith, former players and the league secretary.
Organiser Mohan Mistry said: “We are pleased one of our players is now a professor. I feel he summarises the get-together and the event very well in the message he has given us for the event.”
In his message Prof Patel says: “Some people would say it was only a game of cricket – but as we think back and remember, we realise it was a lot more.
“Many of our parents came to England and settled in Bradford in harsh times.
“For us as children and young people – our friendships combined with our passion and the love for the game of cricket give us an avenue to escape our challenges, build support networks and helped us grow and develop into the people we are today.”