Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

David's There on the Bench

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

David's There on the Bench

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Sculptor Stephen Lunn is creating a memorial to a young cricketer killed by a severe asthma attack.

Stephen, who makes intricate metal artwork at his 200-year-old forge in Red Row, Northumberland, was asked to produce a special park bench in memory of village cricketer David Griffiths, 20, who collapsed and died in December after a lifelong battle with asthma.

Stephen came up with the idea of making the steel bench in the shape of a giant cricket bat to be installed next to the cricket field in the village.

He is putting the finishing touches to the 11ft bench, which will provide a permanent and poignant memorial by incorporating the studs from David's cricket shoes and two of his trophies in its design.

The pounds 3,500 bench will be unveiled during a Bank Holiday weekend of activities in Red Row aimed at raising pounds 25,000 for Asthma UK in David's memory.

Centrepiece of the events on May 26 and 27 will be an attempt by Red Row cricket club to set a new world record for the longest cricket spell by playing non-stop for 34 hours. …

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