Grassroots football talk in memory of former Great Yarmouth mayor Tony Smith

Stonemason Colin Smith who is based in Great Yarmouth.
Picture: James Bass

Stonemason Colin Smith who is based in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A Great Yarmouth stonemason is set to honour his good friend's dying wish that he stage a fund-raising talk in his memory.

Colin Smith first met former town mayor Tony Smith in the late 1960s when he ran a football team.

Later in life they both shared an interest in heritage and the Great Yarmouth Minster church.

The talk on Thursday March 9 will cover grassroots football from 1962 with proceeds going to the Minster Preservation Trust.

It takes place at Emerald Park, the home of Gorleston Football Club at 7.30pm.

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Speaking off the cuff Mr Smith, a former referee and Yarmouth Town chairman, will deliver his talk in two halves, breaking for fish and chips.

He says his reminiscences will appeal to his generation with tales from a sporting era which sustained five leagues whereas today there is only one.

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Tickets £10 including fish and chips from 01493 844288, the minster cafe or the football club.

Mr Smith died in May last year.

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