Louth Athletic Club rename clubhouse in memory of former-chairman

Louth AC chairperson Sue Murfin with Maureen and Sarah Geeson. EMN-140420-190951001
Louth AC chairperson Sue Murfin with Maureen and Sarah Geeson. EMN-140420-190951001

Louth Athletic Club has renamed its London Road clubhouse in memory of one of its longest serving chairmen, Pete Geeson.

Pete was chairman of the club from 1983, shortly after it reformed, and was with the club for about 16 years.

Pete’s widow Maureen unveiled a plaque at the clubhouse with her daughter Sarah at this month’s committee meeting.

Maureen said: “I think it’s a really nice gesture from the club. Pete would have been very proud.

“Pete was instrumental in raising money for the clubhouse and the grounds and the whole family got involved.”

Louth AC chairperson Sue Murfin said: “It was through the hard work of Pete fundraising and gaining grants that the clubhouse was able to be built.”

Pete died in February 2011 aged 62 and club secretary John Jaines paid tribute to him at the plaque unveiling.

John said: “Pete did an absolutely fantastic job raising money for the club, supported by Maureen and the family.

“They used to come to the club like a lot of parents do and he left a big void when he left.

“We’ve always been very lucky that we’ve had committed people serving the club.

“Without those people it would be very difficult to run the sport as it is today.”

Daughter Sarah said it was through her sister, Jo, a keen cross country and 800m runner, that the family first became involved in the club – adding, that it ‘took over their lives’.

She said that every month of the year they tried to do something different to raise money - from collecting newspapers and tin cans for recycling to barbecue parties, a market stall and even a temporary charity shop.

As reported. Louth Athletic Club has been successful in bidding for a £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund to level its London Road ground and build and eight-lane all-weather running track.

For more details about Louth AC visit: www.louth-ac.org.uk.