Baldock six-a-side tournament to be held in memory of Letchworth teenager

James Harpur

James Harpur - Credit: Archant

A six-a-side tournament is being held in memory of a Letchworth teenager who died after sustaining head injuries in a car crash two years ago.

James Harpur passed away at Addenbrooke’s Hospital on October 11, 2012 – a week after the car the 18-year-old was travelling in overturned in Norton Road, Letchworth.

As a tribute to James, his twin brother Adam and sister Laura have arranged an afternoon football tournament at Baldock Arena on Sunday with 13 teams ready to compete.

Mum Gill Harpur said: “James and Adam were always playing football when they were younger and so a football tournament seemed the most appropriate.

“James played for the Letchworth Garden City Eagles from the age of seven until about 14.


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“There was a time when the team was unstoppable – nobody wanted to play them.”

Last year the family hosted a small fundraising event to boost the fund which was set up by Letchworth Garden City Eagles to help children who wish to play football who can’t afford the subscription necessary to join the team.

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Gill added: “We are hoping to raise a lot more money for the fund this year as there has been a huge amount of interest in the football tournament.

“I remember at the memorial service, we were inundated with people. I had no idea how many friends James had.

“We have previously only had a couple of teams so to get 13 is amazing.

“There will also be a raffle with lots of fantastic prizes.”

All the money raised from the event, which kicks off at 1.30pm and will last for around five hours, will go towards the James Harpur Trust Fund.

Teams are no longer able to register for Sunday’s event, but spectators are encouraged to come along and watch the tournament for a £2 entrance fee.

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