Rugby tournament is fitting tribute to popular Ian

One of the teams who entered into the spirit of the memorial day
One of the teams who entered into the spirit of the memorial day

THE SUN shone for the many rugby teams playing in the Ian Thorn memorial touch tournament at Chichester High School for Boys.

Teams were made up of boys and girls and men and women in three side-by-side tournaments, for the elite teams, kids and adult social teams.

The day saw some tough competition mixed in with a whole lot of smiles, and whether you won or lost, everyone was having fun and paying tribute to a remarkable and popular former teacher at the high school, who died earlier this year.

Students past and present enjoyed taking on the teachers with a lot of light-hearted banter.

So far, more than £1,500 has been raised for Ian’s favourite charities – Send a Cow and St Wilfrid’s Hospice – with more money coming in every day.

This was a fitting tribute to a friend, colleague and family man who was very well known in the Chichester community, at Chichester Rugby Club, Chichester City Youth Football Club and the church community.

Chichester RFC are staging a big day of beach rugby this Saturday at West Wittering.

The annual tournament attracts teams from all over the country.

The start time is 10am with the finals around 2pm.

It’s the first in a series of big local events the rugby club are leading under the Festival of Rugby heading.

The Longest Pass follows on sunday, September 6 and a primary school rugby festival is lined up for Friday, September 25.

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