With the help of the Glossop & District Heritage Trust, Glossop CC are unveiling a blue plaque this Saturday, October 8th, to commemorate the life of Charles Augustus Ollivierre - the first black West Indian to play county cricket in England.
Ollivierre played for Glossop from 1900-1903, during which time he was employed by Samuel Hill-Wood, and represented Derbyshire from 1901-1907.
Hill-Wood was a mill owner and major employer in the town and a great benefactor of sport, also supporting football in the town and helping Glossop Northe End into the First Division pre-war.
This is a huge privilege for the town and the club, and as such we'd love to spread the story as far as possible in order to properly celebrate the lives of Ollivierre and Hill-Wood, and their contributions to the area, the blue plque will honour both men.
The photo used is from the Peak in the Past website and this is a link to a more detailed article about Charles Augustus Ollivierre's time in the Peak District. http://www.peakinthepast.co.uk/blog/caribbean-cricket-pioneer-in-the-peaks-charles-augustus-ollivierre-1876-1949-and-his-mark-on-the-peak-district-by-tim-knebel