Heartfelt tributes flood in for talented Burgh sportsman Craig Rawlinson

Floral tributes to Craig Rawlinson outside the Red Lion in Burgh le Marsh.
Floral tributes to Craig Rawlinson outside the Red Lion in Burgh le Marsh.
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Tributes have been pouring in for a Burgh le Marsh teen after he collapsed then tragically died following a sports session on Thursday night.

Craig Rawlinson, 18, suddenly fell, hitting his head during football training at Skegness Academy sports hall.

An ambulance was called for the Burgh Town Football Club player at around 8.30pm, who had stopped breathing. He was then taken to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

Flowers and messages of support have been left at The Red Lion pub in Burgh le Marsh, where the teen worked.

Landlady Jacqui Waxman said: “He was lovely, very dedicated, polite and thoughtful.”

Playing fields in Burgh have also been opened for fans and members of the community to lay mementos.

Chairman of Burgh le Marsh and District Playing Fields Association, Coun Jim Dodsworth, said the loss was ‘devastating’ and it was so sad for the community and the Rawlinson family.

Sixth form students at Skegness Academy, where Craig used to attend as a pupil, have remembered him for being a humorous, hardworking, generous young man. They said the shock of losing someone so well-liked was immeasurable.

In tribute, Ian Corns, Acting Principal of Skegness Academy, said: “Craig was a lovely lad from a wonderful family and he will be greatly missed.

“Skegness and the surrounding area is a poorer place without him.

“This has been truly tragic,” he added.

Many messages were also left on Burgh Town’s Facebook page and Saturday’s match was postponed as a mark of respect.