Pannal Cricket Club succeeded at the second time of asking in officially opening the newly refurbished Rachel Henry pavilion.
Chris Henry, together with members of his family, and Rachel’s closest friends performed the opening ceremony, cutting a ribbon across the memorial plaque in the new building.
Years of fundraising have brought about a transformation in the facilities at Pannal, which will make a significant contribution to the development of cricket, especially among the young.
Wretched weather conditions could not dampen spirits as double Olympic torchbearer John Bickers officially opened the Gala and former Yorkshire wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy crowned Lydia Morgan as the traditional Gala Queen.
Much-reduced crowds severely reduced gala profits and there was great disappointment that the longstanding Pannal Gala egg throwing championship had to be cancelled.
Chairman Dennis Richards expressed his thanks to gala organisers Jenny Barrett, Vicky Berrill and Rod Macauley but also expressed his concerns about the 2012 season.
“The weather has been soul-destroying for cricket in this benighted season. I am aware that clubs around the country are in severe financial difficulties given the widespread cancellation of so many fixtures.
“Young people are also beginning to drift away. I trust the league, sponsors, benefactors and landlords around the country will do all they can to help us and other clubs to preserve this, the greatest of all ‘English summer’ traditonal games.
“The Rachel Henry Pavilion is testimony to what goodwill and hard work can achieve and is a fitting tribute to Rachel’s memory”