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Menston cricket legend to be honoured with street?
One of Menston’s most famous sons, cricketing legend Bill Bowes, could soon have a street in the village named after him.
A former player for Menston and Marylebone Cricket Clubs, Mr Bowes represented Yorkshire and England in numerous high profile matches, was a World War II veteran and was an author and sports journalist during his distinguished career.
Known as one of the best bowlers of his time, he lived in Menston with his family for most of his life until his death in 1987, aged 79.
To honour his memory a local councillor has called for Bradford Council to name a road in an under construction housing development “Bill Bowes Court”.
Last year plans were approved to demolish the existing Menston Club building on Farnley Road and re-develop the site with a new clubhouse and 12 mews properties.
Work on the site started last month and is expected to be complete by spring, and yesterday, Wednesday, the council were due to decide whether to support Menston Coun Dale Smith’s request to name the new road after the cricketer (at the time of going to press the decision had not been made).
Mr Bowes was born in Elland in 1908, and started his career at Marylebone Cricket Club in 1928. He played for Yorkshire and England in the late 1920s and in the following years became a household name, and produced England’s most impressive bowling display in the 1934 Ashes series. He served in WWII and was held in an Italian prisoner of war camp for three years before returning to cricket after the war.
As his career wound down he began writing about the sport in the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, often referred to as the “bible of cricket.”
Coun Smith said: “Bill Bowes contribution to the advancement of cricket and his writing has left a valued legacy. He knew how important it was to nurture young future players and contributed time doing so.
“With his wife and two children he was an established resident in Menston, genial and the friend of many famous cricketers. A true ambassador for the sport.”
He added: “I knew him quite well when I was younger - he was a very well recognised person in the village. To the people of Menston I think Bill Bowes is a bit of an icon.”
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