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There will many people about Penzance and beyond who will be sorry to hear that Peter Michell, a retired jeweller and former captain of the Pirates and Cornwall and a Past President of the Cornwall RFU, sadly passed away on Tuesday. He was aged 90.
P. J. B. Michell – Peter James Bennett Michell – was born in Penzance. He first played rugby when a pupil at St. Erbyn’s School in Clarence Street, under the guidance of Rex Carr, and would later be educated at Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire.
As a scrum half, besides initially playing for Cornwall Schools, Peter would make 60 appearances for the senior county team (1953-65), after being the first ‘Pirate’ to win the heraldic shield for county selection in 50 games. He was also captain in both the 1959-60 and 1960-61 seasons. For the Pirates he played in 522 games, including skippering the club in 1956-67, 1959-60, and 1963-64, when he also captained the team’s Cornwall RFU sevens winning side. As for certain other honours achieved in rugby, Peter was captain of the Cornwall & Devon team that played the South Africa ‘Springboks’ in 1960-61, plus he played for the SW Counties against the touring All Blacks in 1963-64. Having been a Major in the Territorial Army, he also played for the Army.
Condolences at this time are expressed to Peter’s family, and it is confirmed that his funeral service will take place at Madron Church on Friday the 10th November, commencing 12.30pm.
Burial will be at the Penzance Cemetery and the wake is to be held at the Queens Hotel, Penzance.