Blackpool FC Community Trust have paid their own tribute to the late, great Jimmy Armfield, stressing that he will leave a lasting legacy.
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Chief Executive Ashley Hackett said: “Jim has been a huge ambassador for the work the Community Trust delivers, a particular interest of his being our Walking Football activities.
“Whenever Jim would attend an event for us, he would steal the show and the attention would all follow him.
“Jimmy genuinely cared about Blackpool, the club and the community trust, and offered his support and opinion whenever it was needed and we will be forever grateful for his energy and enthusiasm.
“We must also take this opportunity to pass on our thoughts and prayers to the Armfield family in this very difficult time.”
“It is fitting that this weeksees the community trust announce a Sporting Memories programme, aimed at engaging with older sports fans.
“These weekly groups at venues across Blackpool will provide people with an opportunity to have fun and make new friends with like-minded people, to share and discuss their own sporting memories, many of which will likely include Jimmy Armfield and other Blackpool FC legends.”
Linked to this is an additional programme of work linked to older people, which is being funded through The Royal British Legion and is specifically targeted at older veterans and their families/carers.
These groups across Blackpool will provide an informal opportunity for veterans aged 50-plus to meet up, share their experiences and take part in services-themed events.
As with Sporting Memories, the charge to attend is £1 and refreshments will be provided. For further details visit www.blackpoolcommunitytrust.co.uk, follow Blackpool FC Community Trust on Facebook/Twitter, call 01253 348691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.