Hundreds turn out for Taylor High memorial football match
PUBLISHED: 10:35 11 August 2011
HUNDREDS of people turned out for a football match to mark the memory of a popular Lowestoft teenager.
The Taylor High memorial football cup attracted a big crowd to Lowestoft Town FC’s Crown Meadow ground on Sunday for a game between a Corton XI and the Ole Frank pub – the two teams he played for.
The match was organised by Taylor’s family and friends in memory of the 19-year-old, who suffered fatal injuries in a head-on crash on March 26 on the A17 King’s Lynn to Sleaford road at Clenchwarton in west Norfolk.
His friend, Jamie Gibbs, who was driving the car in which Taylor was a front-seat passenger, suffered serious injuries, but is now making a recovery. The driver of the other car involved suffered minor injuries.
After Taylor’s death his parents, Elaine and Gary, set up a memorial fund to support community projects, worthy causes and deserving local people. And Sunday’s match was the latest charity event to boost the fund.
Poignantly, all the Ole Frank players wore shirts with the number ‘7’ and ‘Taylor’ on the back, in memory of their former team-mate. The match was refereed by Taylor’s father Gary, and featured many of his friends and relatives.
The Ole Frank FC side – made up of Taylor’s best friends, seven of his cousins and his brother Curtis – won the match 4-2, with two goals from Laurie Newberry, and one apiece from Arni High and Christy Finch.
It was a very proud Ole Frank captain Curtis High,who lifted the memorial trophy.
A raffle, with prizes donated by 100 local traders and friends, was held following the game.
“A fantastic £3,000 was raised on the day,” Curtis told the Journal. “The High family would like to thank everybody who attended, all who donated, and to Lowestoft Town FC for holding the match.”
This money raised on the day takes to more than £9,000 the sum raised for the fund in just four months.
Its beneficiaries so far include the James Paget University Hospital, Help an East Coast Child via the Daniel Felstead fund, Waveney FC boys and girls, cancer patient Louise Dixon and local lifeboatman Robert Lightfoot.
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