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Gallery: Plea for spectators to come to pay respects at Tunstall’s ‘truce’ Christmas Day football match

PUBLISHED: 10:22 22 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:26 22 December 2014

Andy Durham and the village of Tunstall want your support for the Christmas Day football match they are recreating. Photograph Simon Parker

Andy Durham and the village of Tunstall want your support for the Christmas Day football match they are recreating. Photograph Simon Parker

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The organiser of a commemorative football ‘truce’ match on Christmas Day are hoping as many people as possible turn up to help residents of a Suffolk village pay their respects to the war dead.

Tunstall, near Woodbridge, will be hosting a 10-minute, six-a-side football match on Christmas Day, to commemorate the men in the village who died during the First World War.

The event starts at 10.55am, when the teams and spectators will leave St John the Baptist’s Church, walking through the village led by a standard-bearer for the Royal British Legion, ringing a bell, allowing those who cannot make it to the match to stand at their doors to pay their respects. Organiser Sarah Corbett, who is also the village history recorder, said: “When we get to the pitch at the community centre, a bugle player will play the Last Post, and then we’ll have a minute’s silence.

“Before the match begins, team and spectators will be invited to take a tot of rum to represent one of the traditions in the trenches before men went over the top.

“The match is being played in memory of the men in Tunstall who died, but we also hope that it will be a tribute to the spirit shown by those who chose to down arms; a celebration of the one thing that links us all – humanity.”

The Green Man pub will be open for players and spectators after the match.


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