MEMBERS of Morpeth Men’s Hockey Club will be hitting the road to honour a long-serving player and help a good cause.
They are entering a team to run in the Northumberland Half Marathon, which will take place on Sunday, March 13, and all money raised in sponsorship will go to Cancer Research UK in memory of club stalwart Alan Evans – who died after a prolonged struggle with cancer in October at the age of 64.
He joined Morpeth Hockey Club in 1972 and for 40 years was an inspirational member who held numerous positions and was a leader in the management and development of the ‘umbrella’ Morpeth Cricket, Hockey and Tennis Club, which is based at the sports centre in Longhirst Hall.
Mr Evans also founded and managed a veterans team known as The Reivers, which attracted senior players from all parts of the North East.
As for his career, he spent a number of years in the Army before joining Northumbria Police. Following the Meadow Well riots on September 9, 1991, Mr Evans did notable work in bringing the communities together and in recognition of this was awarded the MBE.