George Downton (1928 – 2014)

George was a long standing member of the club who always had the interests of others at heart, encouraging youngsters and filling in where he could.

As well as being a proud father of Paul, George was a first class wicket keeper in his own right, playing 10 games for Kent between 1948 and 1959. He was regular first team keeper for many years holding the captaincy between 1956 until he was succeeded in 1962 by A. E. Morris. George is noted for a partnership of 265 for the second wicket with A. E. Morris at the Neville Ground, Tunbridge Wells in 1965.

In his latter years he would sit on the terraces at the club supporting the home Vine team most Saturdays and is sorely missed.