History of the Gaieties
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The History of the Gaieties Cricket Club
Gaieties Cricket Club is a wandering side which plays cricket in the Home Counties. It was founded in 1937 by the Musichall artist Lupino Lane, whose company was at that time based at the Gaiety Theatre, in London. After the death of Lupino Lane the club was captained by his son Lauri Lupino Lane, who was succeeded in 1972 by Harold Pinter, who is now Chairman. The Gaiety Theatre has now been demolished, but a plaque marks its site in the Strand and the cricket club continues to thrive.

Arthur Wellard
Arthur Wellard (1902-1960) was a "Tour de Force of the Cricket world" in England. He played for Somerset, England and the Gaieties. He spent his final playing years keeping an avuncular eye on a wandering team of "keen but erratic Home Counties amateurs" called the Gaieties CC, founded 1937. He was its coach, critic, confessor and counsellor, and his advice was based on decades of survival in the upper echelons of first class cricket.
Read here Harold Pinter's tribute to Arthur Wellard

Tea at the bar: Arthur Wellard in 1970s
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