Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Memorial Seat Tribute in Home Town of Fighter

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Memorial Seat Tribute in Home Town of Fighter

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter @lisachron

AMEMORIAL seat has been unveiled in Northumberland for boxer Scott Westgarth. Scott would have celebrated his 32nd birthday tomorrow and, to mark the occasion, his mother had a memorial seat erected in his name in Prudhoe.

Yesterday Scott's mum Rebecca, dad John, with brothers Adam, 35, Lewis, 21, sister Bethannie, 24, and girlfriend Natalie Kerr, joined other family and friends for the unveiling.

"I want to thank everyone for coming," said Rebecca, 58, who lives in Prudhoe. "I'm so proud that Prudhoe has acknowledged my son. He put Prudhoe on the map."

Scott, who had moved to Sheffield, died after winning a fight on February 24.

He was rushed to hospital after falling ill backstage following his victory over Dec Spelman in Doncaster, and his death was confirmed two days later.

His coffin was draped in a Newcastle United shirt signed by Rafa Benitez and players, and among the mourners was County Durham's former IBF cruiserweight world champion Glenn McCrory.

Rebecca added: "Scott's 32nd birthday is on Tuesday and on that day I will come down to the seat with flowers when it is quiet.

"I know Scott will be sitting there with me, that's why I had to have the seat facing Prudhoe, so he didn't have his back facing towards the town.

"The seat is in The Glade, near to the Co-op on the Front Street and it's a seat for everyone."

After the unveiling, friends and family celebrated Scott's life at the Fox and Hounds pub where he used to drink when he returned home.

Rebecca added: "The plaque on the seat reads 'Every fight is a tough test, it's about preparing to achieve, anything is possible'.

"He said his last fight was going to be a tough test and he responded on his Twitter and social media afterwards saying that. …

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