THE president of Dunfermline and Carnegie Cricket Club is "ecstatic" after a fundraiser to remember one of their stalwarts hit its £5,000 target.

Martin Honeyford has described the generosity of the West Fife sporting community and beyond as "totally mindboggling" after donations in honour of Tom Gibson.

In November, former captain and president Tom, who was 72, died after a period of illness and, shortly afterwards, the cricket club launched a Just Giving page with the aim of being able to build and install an electronic scoreboard at their McKane Park ground in his memory.

Tom, who first joined as a schoolboy in the late-1960s, served the club with distinction for more than half a century, showcasing his talents as an excellent batsman and occasional off-spin bowler.

Also a keen player with Dunfermline Carnegie Hockey Club, his presidency saw the club begin to engage professionals again for the first time since the decade in which he first joined, and a string of quality players arrived at McKane as professionals.

Latterly, Tom – who, alongside his wife, Nancy, was an ardent supporter of the Pars – would continue to travel to support the club, while he was also the chairman of the McKane Park Trustees, who factor the cricket area and Dunfermline Rugby Club's first XV pitch at the ground.

After the club confirmed that the target to buy a scoreboard had been reached, Mr Honeyford said: "I'm absolutely delighted – I can't believe we managed to do it. I think Nancy's just ecstatic, and so am I.

"When we were getting really close, I had to pull Nancy off the ceiling! The donations just blew me away. She phoned me a couple of times and said, look, this guy's given me so much, and I've gone, pardon?

"It's totally mindboggling when you think about it. The dream's been realised; it's just now trying to get it built."

Donations were made both offline and on the web page, which remains open for contributions.

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