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Plaque celebrates Morecambe FC's Christie Park ground

Christie Park
Image caption Christie Park was the home of Morecambe FC from 1921 until May 2010

A memorial plaque has been unveiled at what used to be Morecambe Football Club's home before the Globe Arena.

Christie Park was demolished at the end of last season and is being replaced by a superstore.

The plaque is in the car park where the centre spot used to be to commemorate supporters whose ashes were spread on the pitch.

The club's chief executive Rod Taylor said it is "a fabulous gesture" to mark those laid to rest at Christie Park.

Permanent remembrance

The ashes of former groundsman Clarrie Hollings and the parents of the club's secretary Neil Marsdin are just some of the people whose remains were scattered on the ground's pitch.

"Permanent remembrance is very important," he said.

Mr Taylor said the ceremony at what was the home of Morecambe FC since 1921 was emotional.

"It brought a lump to my throat," he said.

"It brought back a lot of memories and we really do appreciate it's being remembered."

Janet Nixon, the stepdaughter of Mr Hollings, who was involved with the club for more than 60 years, was also at the unveiling.

She was delighted the plaque will commemorate her stepfather.

"It's wonderful because he spent a lot of his life here from being a child up until he died."

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