Teams take to pitch in Skegness to honour Peter

Skegness Grammer School class of '97 (white) versus class of '98 (green).
Skegness Grammer School class of '97 (white) versus class of '98 (green).

A memorial football match has been held in honour of a well-known Skegness solicitor and much-loved father and grandfather who died last year.

Peter Downing died suddenly in August, aged 71. A senior partner at Frearsons, he had worked for the firm for more than 40 years.

Action from the match.

Action from the match.

Away from work, for the previous two years Mr Downing had refereed a football match between ex-Skegness Grammar School pupils, including his son Alex.

Last Saturday, the game was played again, but this time, the teams played in memory of Mr Downing – contesting the Peter Downing Memorial Trophy.

Alex, 36, thanked those who organised the event, friends Chris Perry and Eddie Johnson, and all those who took part, adding: “It was quite emotional, but it felt nice to be remembering my dad.”

The game ended 4-4, with the teams leaving it as an honourable draw, Alex said.

Brigida Downing, Mr Downings widow, and her stepson Alex and son Jack.

Brigida Downing, Mr Downings widow, and her stepson Alex and son Jack.

The trophy was presented to Alex and his younger brother (and hat-trick scorer) Jack.