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Footie tournament in memory of Beezy

Pupils at the recent football tournament organised by Jane Lister in memory of her father William 'Beezy' Walker

Pupils at the recent football tournament organised by Jane Lister in memory of her father William 'Beezy' Walker

A Buckhaven woman has honoured the memory of her father, William ‘Beezy’ Walker with a football tournament at Sandwell Park.

Jane Lister started the competition last year following the death of her dadfrom lung cancer.

Beezy was well known in the area and played for Raith Rovers in the 60s and 70s, as well as coaching local team Cameron Boys Club.

Jane, who was also raising money for Maggie’s, said: “This is the second year I have organised it and I’d like it to be an annual event. People have been really good in giving stuff for the raffle, I think because cancer affects so many people nowadays.”

Councillors Jim Young, David Graham and Andrew Rodger turned out to support the event, along with Harry Blyth, Maggie’s ambassador and East Fife board member.

Cllr Graham said: “It is fantastic to see so many young people taking part in a memorial tournament which encourages sportsmanship, fitness and team work.

‘‘My thanks and admiration go to everyone involved in making it such an excellent and very successful event!”

Children from Aberhill, Buckhaven, Methilhill, East Wemyss and Kennoway Primary Schools took part, with the final match played between Buckhaven and Aberhill.

In a nail biting finish, it was down to penalities, with sudden death penalities leading Buckhaven to victory.

‘Players of the Match’ were named as Jamie Christy and Katie Pratt, and Nathan ‘Fash’ Austin from East Fife presented the children with their medals.

As well as the competition, Jane also organised a disco night at Methilhill Bowling Club with an auction of various football memorabilia, including signed tops from Manchester United, East Fife, Rangers and Celtic.

The auction raised a fantastic £500 for Maggie’s.

 

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