Suffolk sportsman's final journey

A TOP Suffolk sportsman will be laid to rest at a service being held in Ipswich next month, more than a year after going missing in France.Christopher Lipscombe, a former county champion at tennis and squash, was last seen at his home in a small mountainous village near the town of Carcassonne, in the south of France, on December 10, 2006.

A TOP Suffolk sportsman will be laid to rest at a service being held in Ipswich next month, more than a year after going missing in France.

Christopher Lipscombe, a former county champion at tennis and squash, was last seen at his home in a small mountainous village near the town of Carcassonne, in the south of France, on December 10, 2006.

Last month his family received the devastating news that a body found in undergrowth around four kilometres from his house has been identified as his.

His son Stuart, 28, said a service will be held at the West Chapel of Ipswich Crematorium from 2.45pm on Friday February 1.

Stuart said: “The family and I would love it if everybody who knew him attended the funeral to give him a good send off.”

He added that refreshments will be served at Ipswich Sports Club, on Henley Road, Ipswich, after the service.

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Mr Lipscombe was living in the village of Pradelles Cabardes at the time of his disappearance.

The village has a population of just 160 people and sits at the foot of the Pic du Nore, the highest mountain in the region's Black Mountain range.

Born in Felixstowe he spent much of his life in Ipswich and worked for a period as a policeman in Lowestoft.

He is former a county squash and tennis champion, a top golfer and was ranked the number one table tennis player in Suffolk at under-18 level.

Mr Lipscombe's family have requested donations, rather than flowers, to go to Farthing, Singleton and Hastings, 650 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PN.

Donations will go to junior sports in Suffolk.

Would you like to pay tribute to Mr Lipscombe? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk