Cricket: Tributes paid to 'true gentleman' Paul Chamberlain
TRIBUTES have been paid to Paul Chamberlain, who was a "great servant" to the region's cricket scene.
Chamberlain was a Grimsby-area umpire as well as a member and past official at Cleethorpes Cricket Club.
He passed away, aged 66.
A man with an excellent knowledge of the sport, Chamberlain was a member of the Grimsby & District Cricket Umpires Association and helped kick-start Cleethorpes CC's youth programme.
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He oversaw the launch of junior coaching sessions at Chichester Road and, giving up hours of his own time, helped participation levels grow from 12 boys to 90 boys and girls.
Paul Hewstone, chairman of Cleethorpes CC, described Chamberlain as "one of life's true gentleman".
He added: "Paul was a great servant to the club, and the Grimsby Umpires' Association. His cricket knowledge was incredible and he was always available to listen and offer advice.
"If it was an opinion on a player, or a thought on the day's play, I would often turn to Paul for advice.
"Paul had been ill for a while, but never once complained. He remained his usual cheerful self.
"Cricket, in general, and Cleethorpes CC will be far worse off. It's a sad loss and he'll be greatly missed by all at the club."
Bob Welton, chairman of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League, was "deeply saddened" to hear of Chamberlain's passing.
He said: "Paul helped me set up the Under-13 coaching sessions at Cleethorpes CC and put in many hours of unpaid time on Friday nights and Sunday mornings.
"His help was invaluable as the section rapidly grew and became the foundation of the club's youth programme.
"My heartfelt sympathies go to Paul's family."
Gordon Turner, secretary of the Grimsby & District Cricket Umpires Association, added: "Paul was a valued member of the Grimsby & District Cricket Umpires Association. He was respected by the players and by his peers. He will be sorely missed."