Norman Crooks BEM, Current Secretary

Norman Crooks BEM; Race Secretary Probably the longest-serving member of the Cookstown & District MCC is, current Club Secretary, Mr Norman Crooks BEM! It was back in 1968, when the young motorcycle enthusiast first joined his local motorcycle club, little did he realise, that come 2022, when the club celebrates its Centenary year, he would still be involved in the same club! For sure, a lot of water has passed under the bridge since he first joined up, but to remain an active member for 54 years is an amazing achievement by anyone's standards. Just a couple of years ago, Norman, or ‘Daddy Crooks’ as he is known to everyone, was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday List, the father figure to many younger clubs and riders was awarded the B.E.M. (British Empire Medal) Unfortunately, due to the Pandemic situation, Norman was unable to partake in the normal presentation services, but happy to have received this prestigious honour. One of the most popular faces of the Irish road race paddock scene, first-served as assistant race secretary in 1978, before being promoted to race secretary in 1979, despite stepping down from this position in 2012, he was somewhat persuaded to return for another year, and for some reason, still hasn’t got round to retiring! Preferring to work away in the background in his way, Norman admits, a couple of months before the race can be hectic, Competitors usually receive their entries in early January, as Norman likes to be well organized. And the bookwork continues throughout the year! The former Bread salesperson has built up a great repertoire with competitors over the years, and most riders are known on a personal basis these days. Crooks has travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and further afield following the two-wheel sport, something he enjoys so much. “It's a great wee club, it’s being part of a great club that gets me up in the morning” quipped Norman, as he answers yet another phone call from a competitor making enquiries about the 2022 Centenary event! I never thought that when I joined the club back in 1968, I would still be an active member in its Centenary Year! Norman Crooks BEM, Club Secretary

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