Betty Surridge passes away
Betty Surridge, the only female to have been president of a first-class county, has died aged 91.
Surridge, who became Surrey president in 1997, was wife to the late Stuart Surridge, the former Surrey captain who won the County Championship in all his five seasons at the helm - from 1952 to 1956. Their son, Stuart, also played for Surrey.
A Surrey statement read: “At the Oval, she was liked by both the supporters, players and the visiting dignitaries. In the committee room, whether people came from other counties, or from other countries during international fixtures, she had a way of making everyone feel at home, and she always remembered people’s names, which was a great knack to have when entertaining in that environment.”
She was one of the 23 original members of the Lady Taverners when they were formed in 1987 and went onto play a key role in the life of the organisation, which has raised over £12m for deserving causes.