Portrait of Richard Parsons unveiled

During our recent Specsavers County Championship match against Essex at the Cooper Associates County Ground a portrait of Richard Parsons, who over the course of many years has served as Chairman, President and Committee Member of Somerset County Cricket Club, was unveiled in the Long Room.

Appropriately enough Peter Anderson, who was the Chief Executive at Somerset during Richard’s tenure as Chairman, was involved with the unveiling ceremony of the portrait which was drawn by well known local cricketing artist Mike Tarr.

The former Chief Executive said: “I’ve known Richard for a long time and he took over as Chairman two days after I was appointed to the job. Richard is a committed Somerset follower and he was a great source of strength and support to me in whatever I did, even though sometimes he didn’t agree with me!

“Richard eats and breathes Somerset. He is a committed member of the North Somerset Area, so it is entirely appropriate that his portrait should hang in the Long Room in honour of the great contribution he has made over many years.”

After unveiling his portrait Richard said: “I would like to thank the Club for allowing this portrait to be hung in the Long Room. My father first started taking me to watch Somerset at Clarence Park in Weston-super-Mare in the mid 1950s and I attended my first SCCC Committee meeting back in April 1971. Although I had a short break after seven years I have served on the Committee in various ways for a very long time.

“I would like to say a special thanks to Sally Donoghue who, for many of the meetings that I have attended, was the person charged with the responsibility of taking the minutes. Sally will be leaving the Club at the end of this season after many years at Somerset.

“I’d also like to thank my wife Sandra and rest of my family for supporting me.”

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