My older brother Dennis Burton was a team member of the Westley Cricket Club in 1956/7. My sister Anne and I, together with our cousin Toni Devine, used to go along on Sunday afternoons to the field on the corner of Dry Street and the High Road where the Beacon is now sited to watch them play. I think that Anne and Toni helped out on the tea stall. However, I recall that Dennis spent much of his time working on the base of a pavilion he was building for them in a corner of the field. I only got to see him play once, when unfortunately he was bowled out for a duck.
Remains of the pavilion’s concrete base can be seen in the field. Very sadly Dennis passed away in May 2010, however, I remember those lovely sunny Sunday afternoons and the long walk there and back from our home in Alexandra Road, Laindon (the unmade part of King Edward Road). In the photograph, Dennis is second from left in the back row. I can’t remember the names of any other team members but recognise a few faces.
|1______?||2 Dennis Burton||3 ______?||4 David Markin|
|5 Sid Phillips||6 Charlie Clark?||7 Dale Ratcliffe||8 Bill Hopkins|
|9_______?||10 Harry Hill?||11 Johnny Simpson ?|