Cricket stalwart ‘surprised’ 
at MBE after 70 years’ service

Roy Harrison opens the new club house at 'The Lawn' when he was President of the Northern Cricket Union. LM0710-902.
Roy Harrison opens the new club house at 'The Lawn' when he was President of the Northern Cricket Union. LM0710-902.

A stalwart of the local cricket scene has had his seven decades of playing and behind-the-scenes involvement recognised with an MBE.

Roy Harrison first became involved with Waringstown Cricket Club as an enthusiastic six-year-old and would go on to become president of the Irish Cricket Union.

A life member of Waringstown Cricket Club, a pavilion at the Co Down ground was named in his honour in 2009.

He described news of the MBE as “a shock and a pleasant surprise” but said the club is always more important than any individual award.

“I’m still associated with the committee and the club at Waringstown and they made me a life member in November - that in itself was a terrific surprise and a great honour.

“This has been a great year for myself, but it’s all about the club - that is the main thing.”

Now 76, Roy said he has no regrets after dedicating 70 years to his beloved sport.

“I was there as a child 70 years ago. We used to go up to the cricket ground, or The Lawn as we call it, and you were given a bat and ball and told to go out and practise.

“It has been an absolute dream for me because I have enjoyed all of my roles within the cricket set-up at Waringstown, the NCU and with Ireland.

“I have enjoyed it all - it has been absolutely terrific. One particular high point was winning the treble in 1992.

“That was a magnificent effort and I would say that was my own highlight,” he added.