David Hodgkiss dies of coronavirus

The chief executive of Bury-based steel firm William Hare has died at the age of 71 after contracting Covid-19. 

It is understood that Hodgkiss, who was also chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club, had underlying health conditions. 

A statement from the cricket club, said: “it is with great sadness that Lancashire Cricket announces the passing of its chairman David Hodgkiss OBE. 

“He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire Cricket Club and respected throughout the cricketing world. 

“Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family. A further statement will be released in due course but at this time we ask that everybody respects the family’s privacy.” 

Hodgkiss, who was the grandson of company owner William Hare and was appointed as director in 1998, had overseen the planning process for the redevelopment of Old Trafford cricket ground. 

Speaking in October 2019 when plans for the new grandstand were revealed he said: “Lancashire Cricket Club is committed to ensuring Emirates Old Trafford is one of the best places in the world to watch and play cricket.” 

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