Legacy of Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford to live on as club unveils new honours board
The legacy of a South Tyneside cricketer and his girlfriend is set to live on at the club where his playing talents were nurtured.
A honours board dedicated to Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford - who were both killed in the Manchester Arena bomb attack, last May - has been unveiled at the clubhouse of Marsden Cricket Club.
The board sits pride of place on a wall and will feature the names of those who are the proud recipients of the Liam and Chloe, and League Player of the Year awards, each year.
The board was made possible through a kind donation made to the families of Liam, 19 and Chloe, 17, by Mainsforth Cricket club, from funds raised on its novice day.
Liam’s mam Caroline Curry said: “We had no idea Mainsforth had decided to donate half the money they had raised on the Novice day until they contacted us afterwards.
“We already had trophies made, so we thought it would be nice to use the money for an honours board to be made.
“It was emotional seeing it being unveiled. It doesn’t get any easier.”
As a token of appreciation, Mainsforth’s chairman Tony Johns was gifted a framed image featuring the board and picture of Chloe and Liam, by Liam’s younger brother Zack.
The board was unveiled ahead of Saturday’s game which saw Marsden take on Mainsforth.
Mr Johns said: “It’s hard. They were just two young kids. As a parent you never expect to bury your child.
“We wanted to do something to let the families know we were thinking of them.
“We didn’t know what they had planned - but it’s nice they have chosen something that is going to be up for a long time. Those two young kids won’t ever be forgotten.”
Chloe’s mam Lisa Rutherford said: “It’s beautiful, and everyone knows why it’s there and it’s something that is there to stay.”