Festival fun in memory of Iain

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A FUN sporting festival will return this weekend in memory of a popular Morpeth hockey player.

The Morpeth Hockey Festival was first organised in 2008 for veterans in memory of former men’s captain Iain Cole, who died in a road accident in November 2007.

Mr Cole had joined Morpeth Hockey Club as a schoolboy and captained it from 2001 to 2003, when he was awarded Full Club Colours for his outstanding contribution to club life both off and on the pitch.

He also taught youngsters at the club.

The festival has become a firm fixture in the summer calendar, with the emphasis on fun.

And this year nine women’s teams and seven men’s teams are travelling to the club’s Longhirst base from all over the country to take part in a seven-a-side tournament.

Ladies First Team Captain Nicky Bowler said: “The festival has been a big success in the past and this year we hope it will be even better because we have quite a few more teams taking part.

“It is never that competitive and people will be dressing up and having a bit of a laugh.

“It was set up in memory of Iain and there is an Iain Cole Cup, which will be given to the most sporting team.

“There will also be entertainment and the public are more than welcome to come along.”

The festival will run on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm each day. There will be a band in the clubhouse on Saturday evening, with a small entry fee, and karaoke on Sunday evening.

Food will be available from Gebhards bakery.