Thursday, July 6th, 2017

County To Honour Don Kenyon With Unveiling Ceremony In The View

County To Honour Don Kenyon With Unveiling Ceremony In The View

Worcestershire legend Don Kenyon is to be honoured with the official unveiling of Level Two of The View which has been renamed after the County's record run-scorer.

Don's widow, Jean and daughter Sue (Jackson) will oversee the ceremony which will take place on August 7 – the second day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Sussex at New Road.

Don Kenyon's achievements had previously been recognised via the Kenyon Room which is now housing the Foley's coffee house and eatery.

But Chief Executive Tom Scott had pledged at the time that Kenyon's name would be honoured in another appropriate venue at the County's headquarters.

Current chairman Stephen Taylor confirmed the decision during the Worcestershire Old Players Association (WOPA) Day at New Road last month.

Don Kenyon skippered Worcestershire to the 1964 and 1965 County Championship titles and scored 37,002 first class runs.

CEO Tom Scott said: "Don Kenyon is a massive part of Worcestershire County Cricket Club's history and it is fitting we acknowledge his achievements in this way with level two of The View being renamed after him.

"Not only was Don the club's record run-scorer, he was a superb captain. If you speak to his ex team-mates, they will all echo that and had massive respect for Don.

"When Foley's opened, I was determined another area of New Road would honour and recognise Don's achievements. The View is an appropriate way to do that."

Managing Director Jon Graham said: "The word legend is over-used in sport but it is a perfect description of what Don Kenyon achieved for Worcestershire.

"To score so many runs for the County is an incredible achievement but he was also a brilliant captain as well in addition to becoming an England selector.

"We feel The View is a fitting tribute to what Don did for this County and his achievements will never be forgotten."

Jean Kenyon, who celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year, still takes an active interest in events at New Road.

She regularly attends the monthly meetings of the Worcestershire Cricket Society in the Graeme Hick Pavilion with daughter Sue.