The racing world and the village of Burrough Green have been paying tribute to former racing broadcaster, author, and keen cricketer, Julian Wilson, who died on Easter Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.
Mr Wilson had lived in Burrough Green for 36 years and for most of that time had been a generous supporter of the village cricket team of which he was president. Current club chairman Mark Batting said: “He will be great loss to us. He was a tremendous supporter of the club and without his fundraising efforts we would not have been able to complete the extension to the pavilion.”
For 25 years Mr Wilson organised a charity match between Burrough Green and a racing team for the Lester Piggott Trophy which raised thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support and the club.
Newmarket trainer and fellow cricket fan William Haggas said: “We’ll all miss him terribly. He was a top class broadcaster and a very good private handicapper and punter. He always had time to enjoy his life outside racing, too.”
Mr Wilson’s wife, Alison, to whom he had been married for 33 years, said: “He died on Easter Sunday although he had written Black Friday in his diary on Good Friday because he did not agree with racing on that day.”
Burrough Green parish council chairman Joanna Batting said: “Julian was a great presence in the village and a great supporter of the village.”
The funeral service for family and villagers will be on Monday, May 5, at 10am in St Augustine’s Church, Burrough Green, followed by a thanksgiving service at St Mary’s Church in Newmarket at noon the same day.