Applause starts Thurston rugby match in memory of Josh Gilbert
PUBLISHED: 10:43 01 October 2017
A match dedicated to Thurston rugby player Josh Gilbert began with a minutes applause in his honour over the weekend.
Josh Gilbert, 25, collapsed and died during an away match for Thurston Rangers against Hadleigh last month.
On Saturday, Thurston’s second team paid a fitting tribute to the ‘gentle giant’, who was also chairman of Bury Young Farmers Club, by celebrating his life through applause rather than silence ahead of a match against Sudbury RFC.
The club also retired Josh’s shirt number, three, from both teams for the match.
Matt Ansell, chairman of Thurston RUFC, said: “The games were dedicated to Josh, but they were actual league games, the first that the club had played since he passed.
“Last weekend, the family had asked for a minute’s applause, rather than silence, at all games in our leagues. This was our first opportunity to do this for him.”
A first team match against Haverhill and District was also dedicated to Josh.