Legendary cricketer, coach, umpire and broadcaster David ’Bumble’ Lloyd and Cllr Bernard Dawson, long serving Councillor of 38 years, were nominated for the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Hyndburn at last evenings Council meeting, in recognition of their achievements and service to the area.

David ’Bumble’ Lloyd was born and raised in Accrington and rose to fame playing cricket for Accrington Cricket Club, Lancashire and England. He captained his County between 1973 and 1977 and after retiring in 1985 became a First Class Umpire and went on to coach both Lancashire and England. A sportsman of many talents, David played semi-professional football for Accrington Stanley Football Club and continues to be a keen supporter. Since 1999 David has been a regular Sky Sports cricket commentator. At the height of his cricketing prowess David gave up some of his valuable time to officially open Hyndburn Sports Centre in 1977 and throughout his career has always championed Accrington.

Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said; “Bumble is a cricket legend, with a sparkling career spanning over 50 years as cricketer, coach, umpire and most recently as a much loved broadcaster, bringing lots of colour and fun to the game with his renowned commentary. A former Accrington lad, brought up on Water St, David is a wonderful ambassador for Accrington who has never forgotten his roots and who has always been a keen supporter of Accrington Stanley.  We’re immensely proud to call David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd one of our own, and to recognise his outstanding achievements and contribution to the Borough with the highest award the Council can bestow, the Freedom of the Borough.”

Huncoat Councillor, Bernard Dawson, is stepping down from the Council in May after serving the Borough for 38 years, 34 of those representing the residents of Peel Ward and 4 years representing Huncoat Ward, Accrington. Bernard also served as the Borough’s Mayor in 1999/2000 and since 2013/14 has served as a Lancashire County Councillor for the Accrington South Division.

Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said; “Cllr Bernard Dawson is stepping down from the political crease after 38 years to watch from the side-lines instead. A cheerful, unassuming and extremely popular member, we’ve lost count of the runs he’s made over the years walking the streets of Accrington, talking to residents and resolving all types of issues. Bernard’s always been one of our main players and, as Chair of the Economic Regeneration Committee for many years, was responsible for much of the regeneration work around the Borough, making a huge difference to the area. Bernard will be missed by both our residents and everyone at the Council and is a well-deserved recipient of the Freedom of the Borough.”

Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson added; “Both David and Bernard are true gentlemen, both have been at the crease for a long time representing the Borough in different ways and achieving so much in their respective fields. We’re really pleased that now they will both be conferred with the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough, the highest award the Council can bestow in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the area.

The pair will be presented with the award at the Mayor-making meeting of the Council on 16 June 2018 if both are available then.