A plaque in memory of long-serving Cricket Writers’ Club member, Gerald Mortimer, who died last December, was unveiled in the Press Box of Derbyshire County Cricket Club at Derby on Sunday, June 15.
For well over 30 years from 1970, Gerald covered Derbyshire’s fortunes for the Derby Evening Telegraph and was highly respected by Press Box colleagues around the country.
He was also the newspaper’s Derby County correspondent over a similar period and few provincial sports journalists could write as authoritatively on both the summer and winter games as he did.
Educated at Repton School and Oxford University, Gerald joined the Derby Evening Telegraph after ten years in teaching and from that moment on was totally committed to his new job.
The plaque was unveiled by The Cricket Writers’ Club president, David Warner, and among those present at the ceremony were Derby Evening Telegraph cricket correspondent, Mark Eklid, and two of Gerald’s closest colleagues in the Derby box, Neil Hallam and Nigel Gardner.
Derbyshire CCC chief executive, Simon Storey, also attended, and the Club provided a splendid buffet for the event.
The plaque reads:
The Cricket Writers’ Club
Placed in affectionate remembrance of
17 July 1935 - 30 December 2013
The Derby Evening Telegraph's man for all seasons
Picture, by courtesy of David Griffin, shows, from left: Mark Eklid, David Warner, Nigel Gardner and Neil Hallam.