Norfolk bowlers say farewell to Hedworth Blyth

Norfolk bowlers are mourning the loss of one of its most popular characters after Hedworth Blyth, affectionately known as Heddie, died following a period of ill health.

Heddie was chairman of the Honingham Club for many years and represented Norfolk in the County Federation teams from 1972 to 1978. From 1977 he was a member of the Dereham and District Executive. He held a number of posts at county level, vice-chairman in 1991, chairman from 1992 to 1995, president in 1997 and he was county patron from 2000 until his death.

He had also been chairman of the parish council. His other sporting love was Norwich City FC, having started attending matches as a 10 year old at the old Nest ground.

With his wife, Cissie, he was a regular spectator at the Great Yarmouth Bowls Festival.

His cremation will be a private affair, but a celebratory service is being held at St Andrews Church, Honingham on Thursday, starting at 1.30pm. Donations to the Big C appeal can be made via Allcock Family Funeral Services, Falcon House, 96A City Road, Norwich, NR1 2HD.

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