Game back on for tragic teenagers

A FOOTBALL match in memory of two teenagers who died is set to finally be played out later this month.

Organisers of the game between friends and family of Ryan Kirk and Charlotte Filer are hoping it will be third time lucky following two earlier postponements of the fixture.

Kettering Town Supporters’ Trust had organised the game at Rockingham Road for, first February 4, and then February 11 – but both times they were called off because of the weather.

Now the temperatures are rising the trust and Ryan and Charlotte’s families are hoping it will take place at the former ground of Kettering Town on Saturday, March 24.

Organisers are just waiting on a safety check before the fixture can be officially announced.

Both Ryan, 19, and Charlotte, 17, died after the car they were in collided with another vehicle in Grafton Underwood.

The game is set to raise money for both families who were left with funeral costs following the deaths.

Ryan’s father Richard said: “A date has been set and now we’re just waiting to get a safety certificate for the match.

“It’ll be good to get the game on after all the postponements.

“Being a football match and at Kettering’s old ground, it feels the perfect way to remember Ryan.”

The event follows a gathering of the pair’s friends and family in the car park of B&Q in London Road, Wellingborough last month.

More than 50 car enthusiasts turned out for the memorial.

Also being organised is a soul and ska music night on Friday night at the Athletic Club, in Rockingham Road.

Vera Iasiniells and her son and Ryan’s cousin’s friend Anton Lavigna are holding the event to raise money for a diabetes charity.

Ryan suffered from the condition from an early age.

About 250 tickets have been printed and are now on sale for the event, which will begin at 7pm.

For tickets call 07766 391680.