One of England’s finest bowlers was finally given a headstone and a memorial service in Bruntcliffe Cemetery, 72 years after his death.
Robert ‘Bobby’ Peel had a long colourful life playing for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England.
Bobby’s great-grandson, Robin Barron, 73, said that one of Bobby’s most memorable moments was when he returned from playing in Australia and a brass band walked him home from Morley Railway Station.
It was Mr Barron, who lives in Morley, who initiated the memorial service after discovering through his archival research into his family that his late great-grandfather had never had a headstone.
He said: “I was disappointed to find he hadn’t had a headstone. It is important that Morley recognises Bobby, he hasn’t had the recognition he deserves.”
So Robin and other family members, who came together during their own research on the late legend, arranged for a headstone to be made and held a dedication service.
Robin said: “It went very well. We had a fantastic reaction and everyone was thrilled with the design and the way the service was conducted.”
The event at Bruntcliffe Cemetery was attended by 40 people including 13 members of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and local historian Clive McManus.
Mr Barron said: “He is a very important part of Morley’s history which has at last been recognised.”
The service was followed by a special reception at Commercial Inn in Churwell.
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