'Brian Close Walk' To Be Unveiled In Baildon

Brian Close

The street sign will be unveiled by Brian’s widow, Mrs Vivien Close, on 8 March at 11am.

A new street in Baildon is to be named in honour of a legendary Yorkshire cricketer.

It will be name Brian Close Walk in honour of Brian Close, the former Yorkshire and England captain, who died in September 2015, aged 84.

Close captained Yorkshire to four County Championship titles and was at the time the youngest man to make his test debut for England when he was aged just 18. 

Throughout his long career he played in 22 test matches for England captaining seven with six wins and one draw. He scored almost 35,000 runs as a batsman and made 52 centuries. He also took 1,168 wickets as a bowler, 800 catches as a fielder and one stumping as a stand-in wicket-keeper.
 
Yorkshire housing developer Pinnacle View Homes are building the houses using natural materials including coursed walling stone and natural slate roofs.

The proposal to name the new street on the development after Brian was put forward by Baildon Town Council which was taken to the Shipley Area Committee, where it was unanimously agreed.

The street sign will be unveiled by Brian’s widow, Mrs Vivien Close, on 8 March at 11am.

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