Canopy and plaque unveiled at Ditchingham sports ground in memory of local supporters

Representatives of both families and some of the directors of the Sports Association at the recent c

Representatives of both families and some of the directors of the Sports Association at the recent ceremony to officially open the canopy. Picture: Jon Fuller. - Credit: Jon Fuller

Families of two men who were heavily involved in local sport have made generous donations to a local project.

Donations made at the funerals of Noel (Nooky) Tyrrell and Brian Hindle in 2015, were given towards the Bungay and District Sport Association.

The money has been spent on a canopy at the association's sport project at the Maltings Meadow in Ditchingham

Noel Tyrrell, died at the age of 77 on July 11, 2015. Brian Hindle, who was in his 70s died in February of the same year.

Jon Fuller, chairman of the sports association, said: 'Both Brian and Nooky were regular supporters of Bungay Town FC and all the sport for young people takes place at the Maltings Meadow and we have been looking for something appropriate which we could all remember their support by.

'Brian was a founder member of the Bungay Black Dog Running Club and was a regular runner for many years and I remember watching Nooky Tyrrell sheltering from the rain, back against the changing rooms, while watching his young grandson, Sam, play football one December morning. Tis shelter seemed a useful and appropriate way to remember their contributions over many years.'

The canopy will shelter parents and grandparents of young footballers and cricketers from the biting wind that blasts across the meadow all year round.

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Richard Davies, a director of the sports association, said: 'We discussed many options including tree planting and benches but this shelter seemed to be appropriate and is already a welcome addition for those families who come along to watch their children play sport.

'The plaques we have placed under the canopy will hopefully remind everyone of the support these two men gave in the early stages of the development of our community sports project.'

The canopy and plaque were unveiled by the families of both men as well as some of the directors of the association.

Maltings Meadow is home to Bungay Town FC as well as the cricket club, tennis club and Black Dog Running Club.

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