The plaque commemorating Eric Brook, Mexborough’s most successful Footballer, was unveiled on Friday May 25th at the Mexborough Athletic Sports ground. Can You spot Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee in the photograph below?
He is the silver haired chap in the white shirt, with his arm around Eric’s Grandson and another member of the Brook family.
After the unveiling all repaired to the bar for a buffet and celebration.
Billy Fitzwilliam, The 7th Earl, born in 1872
Catherine bailey, in her Book “Black Diamonds” gives an account of the notorious Denaby strike in 1903 when 3000 families were evicted from their homes, most of them with nowhere to go and no shelter provided except for a few tents in a nearby field. In this case the owner of the mine was a ruthless and oppressive company, allowing its workers no strike pay, no sick pay and very often not a penny in compensation for accidental death down the pit. the Fitzwilliam by contrast were exemplary employers and much loved by their workers both in the mines and on their vast estate.
Thomas Henry Sykes 1851-1941
Thomas was a plumber, glazier and gas fitter, who resided at 21 Wentworth Road. He installed gas lighting at St Thomas Church, Kilnhurst, and went on to build one of the first bungalows seen in the area, for his own occupation.
Ben Parkinson MBE
Ben suffered 40 wounds in a landmine blast in Afghanistan, Later, back home he carried the Olympic Torch through Doncaster for thirty minutes on prosthetic legs flanked by hundreds of people. we salute his courage, bravery and determination to keep going. No one was ever more deserving of an MBE
Former Mexborough landlord, Roy Machin served as an air gunner on Lancaster Bombers during the second world war.
In an early operation he displayed such bravery and cool in his burning bomber that his heroism was recognised immediately and he was awarded the Distinguished flying medal.
Roy was involved in many high profile missions including the sinking of the Tirpitz, the pride of Hitler’s fleet. He eventually joined the 617 squadron – the Dambusters
Roy was on active duty until the end of the war and despite the incredible odds he survived.
Roy died in 2006. His operational photographs and records of his airtime career ensure that he will not be forgotten
Join us at the Mexborough Athletic Club on Friday 25th of May at 10am to celebrate the unveiling of a Blue Plaque in honour of Eric Brook, Mexborough’s most successful footballer, in the company of Manchester City’s Mike Summerbee, and Ed Miliband.
Arthur Scargill was born in 1938, he was president of the NUM from 1982 to 2002. and led them in the miners strike of 1984-5.
Born in 1959 in Handsworth, Sheffield. His films include “Lord of The Rings”, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” and “When Saturday Comes”. He studied acting at RADA but prior to this he studied Drama at Rotherham College
The next in the society’s series of lectures, on Wednesday April 25th will be the story of Mexborough’s most accomplished footballer, Eric Brooke, who’s blue plaque is soon to be unveiled at the Athletic ground in in the town. Brooke made 493 appearances for Manchester City between 1928 and 1939, scoring 177 goals, a record that has only recently been elipsed by Sergio Aguero. He also scored 18 goals in 78 appearances for Barnsley and 10 in 18 for England. Bill Lawrence will be looking at the life of the man behind the statistics. The meeting is, as usual, at the Concertina Band Club on Dolcliffe Road, at 7.15.