A cricketing legend was on hand to cut the ribbon to declare the opening of a school’s new pavilion.
Former England captain and president of the MCC Mike Gatting visited Oakham School last Saturday to unveil Oakham School’s new BAF Smith Pavilion.
The opening was held on the school’s speech day and during his speech, Mike praised the quality of Oakham’s cricket provision for its pupils over the years and was delighted that future generations would benefit from the new facility.
The pavilion includes a clubroom, changing facilities and viewing area over the school’s cricket pitches.
It is named after its benefactor Brian Smith, who was an exceptional sportsman during his time at the school.
As well as holding the captaincy of the hockey, cricket and rugby teams during his final year, all three teams were unbeaten – an unrivalled achievement in Oakham School’s history.
A celebrity Twenty20 match had also been planned, but it unfortunately had to be cancelled due to poor weather on the day.
Famous cricketers were all lined up to play alongside Oakham’s 1st XI, including ex-England captain and Lancashire player Freddie Flintoff, and former Leicestershire and England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon. Former cricketing alumni Leicestershire players Matthew Boyce, Josh Cobb and Alex Wyatt were also scheduled to star.
Oakham School headmaster Nigel Lashbrook said: “Speech Day is a time to acknowledge and admire how Oakhamians have worked hard on their studies, artistic talents, or on the pitch.
“This really was an incredibly fitting time to not only celebrate the opening of this superb facility, but also to reflect on the many successes of our current and past students.”