Felixstowe: Memorial match for soccer stalwart

More than 40 people took to the field at Seaton Road park in a memorial match for a much-loved man in the town.

Dennis Richardson, who was known as Des, died on June 6, aged 70, at Ipswich Hospital after he suffered a stroke following surgery.

His family and friends worked tirelessly to organise a match between Walton Rovers, which he founded in 2004, and Ferry Boat Inn, which he managed during the late 70s and early 80s.

More than 100 people came to the match throughout the day and hundreds of pounds was raised for the family’s chosen charity – The Stroke Association.

Des’s son Lee, 29, played in the match and was overwhelmed by the support.

He said: “There was a one-minute applause before the start of the match.

“It was all really nice – I spoke to my mum (Jill) and she found it really nice to see how many people cared about him.”

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Ferry Boat Inn convincingly beat Walton 11-4 and during the day more than �250 was raised for the Stroke Association through donations and a raffle.

Lee was quick to thank Ward James, who provided the venue for the day, and James Mayhew, who suggested a memorial match and helped to organise it.

Lee is also set to take part in the Run to the Beat half marathon in London on September 25 with all the money raised going towards the Stroke Association.

You can support Lee by donating at www.justgiving.com/Lee-Richardson2.

The family are also now meeting with the council as they attempt to put up a memorial bench on the seafront which they hope will be placed in the S pa Gardens.

What are your memories of Des? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail evening starletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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