300 in Scunthorpe mourn Dave Sleight - well-known local footballer nicknamed Snake Hips
More than 300 mourners yesterday (Tues Jan 8) attended a funeral service held at Woodlands Crematorium in Scunthorpe for Dave Sleight - well-known former local footballer and golfer.
The service was conducted by retired vicar of Burton Stather, Canon Peter Hearn, who read a tribute from widow Tina Sleight to the man she described as the love of her life.
One of Dave' sons, Mark, also paid tribute, referring to Snake Hips - his dad's nickname on the soccer pitch.
Three of David's favourite songs - House of the Rising Sun, Walking in the Air, and Words - were played during the service.
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In line wiith the family's request, hundrds of pounds were collected afterwards for Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe where foundry worker Dave died, aged 63, on Decenber 28
Fund-raising for the hospice in his memory will continue with a football match at Cemetery Road ground in Scunthorpe on April 28 and a golf tournament in Bridlington on June 8.
In Septenber, runners from the town's Cottage Beck Snooker Club will take part in the Great North Run to boost the fund-raising.