Young sports star’s funeral

THE funeral of talented Buxworth teenager Ben Obiora is to take place on Friday, May 4.

Ben, 16, tragically died after collapsing while playing football for Dove Holes FC Reserves on Saturday, April 21. His funeral will be held at St Anne’s RC Church, Terrace Road, Buxton at 1pm.

A year 11 pupil at St Thomas More School, Buxton, Ben was a talented sportsman and bright student. People across the High Peak came together last week to pay tribute to him.

Ben was a keen footballer and had played for New Mills Juniors for many years before making a number of appearances for Dove Holes FC Reserves once he turned 16.

He had trials for Liverpool FC and Macclesfield Town, and had also represented the High Peak in the 100m at the Derbyshire Championships.

Over the last week, many of the High Peak’s sporting clubs and associations have honoured Ben’s memory by holding a minute’s silence as a mark of respect.