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Ashes of two former Long Melford football players scattered at club grounds in memorial ceremony




Two former Long Melford Football Club players received a fitting send-off at the weekend, when their ashes were spread over the grounds where they spent their playing careers in the 1950s and ‘60s.

An informal ceremony was held at Stoneylands on Saturday, to observe the scattering of the ashes of Arthur Kemp and John Ford, who both died in December, aged 87 and 86, respectively.

Family travelled from as far as Chichester and Hay-on-Wye for the ceremony, which took place at the goal on the Meetings Field end of the ground.

Family and friends scatter the ashes of ex-Melford players, John Ford and Arthur Kemp in the goal mouth at Long Melford FC..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (28773853)
Family and friends scatter the ashes of ex-Melford players, John Ford and Arthur Kemp in the goal mouth at Long Melford FC..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (28773853)

Richard Kemp, honorary club president, said: “In one case, signifying the need for John Ford to keep the ball out of the net, while his best mate Arthur Kemp did his level best to find the net every game.

“It was a much appreciated informal ceremony and indicated that, although Long Melford Football Club is a just a small village club, it lives as a happy memory to many of those who have played at Stoneylands.”

The club was subsequently presented with a number of medals by Mr Ford’s widow, Kath, belonging to her late father Eddie Bond, who played for Long Melford in the early 1900s.

Family and friends scatter the ashes of ex-Melford players, John Ford and Arthur Kemp in the goal mouth at Long Melford FC..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (28773910)
Family and friends scatter the ashes of ex-Melford players, John Ford and Arthur Kemp in the goal mouth at Long Melford FC..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (28773910)
Family and friends scatter the ashes of ex-Melford players, John Ford and Arthur Kemp in the goal mouth at Long Melford FC..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (28773854)
Family and friends scatter the ashes of ex-Melford players, John Ford and Arthur Kemp in the goal mouth at Long Melford FC..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (28773854)
Family and friends scatter the ashes of ex-Melford players, John Ford and Arthur Kemp in the goal mouth at Long Melford FC..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (28773909)
Family and friends scatter the ashes of ex-Melford players, John Ford and Arthur Kemp in the goal mouth at Long Melford FC..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (28773909)

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