From left to right, Paul Gaskell, Brian Sims and Peter Dibb.

Brian Sims of Clitheroe was well known for the years he spent following the Clitheroe Cricket Club for which he also played in his youth.

Known affectionately as “Simbo”, he was also an avid snooker player playing with the Legion in the Clitheroe League and with Feniscowles in the Blackburn with Darwen Small Table League.

Peter Dibb, Clitheroe Cricket Club captain, said: “Brian has dedicated 50 years of his life to Clitheroe Cricket Club. Initially he started out as a player and then supported the club at home and away for many years.

“His passion and support for the club was second to none.

“He meant so much to so many people at Clitheroe CC and Clitheroe CC meant so much to him too.

“The tears of joy Brian often shed while celebrating the club’s accomplishments tells about how much it meant to him to see his club and his friends succeed. He has also donated money to the cricket club on several occasions to help with things such as equipment and renovations. Emphasizing once again his love and commitment to help in any way he can. ”

Mr Dibb added: “He has always vigorously supported everyone who represented Clitheroe, but also showed respect to the players and supporters of the opposition, making many friends wherever he traveled.

“The outpouring of emotion and sadness from the entire sporting community and at large highlights the impact Brian has had on the lives of so many people. He was a superb character who was loved by so many people. and he will be missed by all at the CKC. His loss left a huge void in our club, but his stories and the love, passion, commitment and dedication he has shown will continue to shine. “

The Clitheroe Cricket Club home game this Saturday against Walsden will be in memory of Brian with a minute of silence and the door divided between causes close to his heart – Clitheroe Football Club, Ribblesdale Wanderers and the Royal British Legion.

A tweet from the club reads: “We encourage all friends to join us in the afternoon for a drink in memory” of Brian.

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