HEARTBROKEN friends and colleagues have been left devastated after a Blackpool FC fan died watching his beloved Seasiders.
Dr Peter Lake, 54, collapsed during Saturday’s Premier League game at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He was a GP at Blackpool’s South King Street practice for 27 years and worked for the past two years as associate specialist at Trinity Hospice in Bispham.
Dr Lake’s involvement with the hospice dates back to its opening.
Trinity Hospice chief executive David Houston said: “Peter was a stalwart – exemplifying the care and compassion to patients, their families, our staff and volunteers which we all strive to achieve.
“His gentle calming approach was a great comfort to all he came into contact with and he is much missed. Our thoughts and prayers go to Peter’s family at this time.”
Karen Hirst of South King Street practice, and had worked with Dr Lake for 25 years, added: “He was an admired and respected practitioner who was well-loved and will be missed by lots of people.”
A true Blackpool fan, Dr Lake, who lived in Poulton, even had a tangerine-coloured door to his consulting room at one point.
Fiona Martin, vice Chair of Blackpool Supporters Association said, “It is always sad to hear about the death of a fellow Blackpool supporter, especially one who has passed away in such tragic circumstances, watching his team. Blackpool Supporters Association would like to send condolences, on behalf of all Blackpool fans, to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr Lake.”
And Matt Grayson, head of communications at Wolverhampton Wanderers said: “Our deepest sincere condolences to the family of the supporter.
“We are all very upset by the incident and we are in the process of getting in touch with his family, and will pay tribute to him by making our fans aware.”
Blackpool fans flooded internet message boards with tributes.
DagenhamFox posted: “Sad sad news, a man just doing as we all do week in, week out, just supporting your club.”
Martonbornandbred wrote: “Just been speaking to my nephew who works at the Hospice. Everyone there will be devastated.
“Dr Lake was a really nice bloke and a fit sportsman as well.”
Fargo99 wrote: “RIP Dr Lake, grateful thanks for your help, care and intervention at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 1983.”
And Blackpool_Rox posted: “He had been our family doctor at South King Street for many years – an absolutely tremendous guy and one of the kindest people we have ever had the good fortune to meet. We (particularly my mum) were sorry when he decided to leave the practice for the hospice as he had been such a great help over the years.
“She would rather wait a few days, even weeks to see Dr Lake as he was such a source of trust and comfort. He did say to me that his move was something he had always wanted to do and I am sure his fine work would have been a great benefit over there.”