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Sir Tim Rice opens new Odiham pavilion
MASTER lyricist and cricket-lover Sir Tim Rice cut the ribbon for the official opening of the new clubhouse of Odiham and Greywell Cricket Club.
Sir Tim, who has worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber on musicals such as Evita and with Elton John on The Lion King, was the guest of honour for the official opening.
The £250,000 clubhouse has risen from the ashes of the pavilion that was destroyed by fire after a burglary in January last year.
But the lyrical knight, who once wrote a short musical called Cricket, is no stranger to the ground in King Street, having for the last 39 years brought his touring side The Heartaches there for an annual fixture.
Before tea, he cut a red ribbon for the new clubhouse before club president Alan Laycock made a speech.
A time capsule, containing memorabilia saved from the charred remains of the old pavilion was then placed in the eaves of its replacement.
Mr Laycock told The Gazette: “Sir Tim was very impressed with the new building, as was just about everybody else.
“It has been a difficult 18 months. Two questions sprang to mind when the fire happened – could we fulfil our 2012 fixtures, and that we did, and would the club survive? It would have been very easy to say we could not afford a new pavilion.”
Those attending the match on Sunday included Councillor Ken Crookes, leader of Hart District Council, Cllr Jonathan Glen, Conservative member for Odiham at Hampshire County Council, and representatives from the club’s sponsor, Andwell Brewing Company.
The match ended in a draw, with Odiham and Greywell’s Scott McGaughrin, 15, scoring 75 runs.
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