Rugby players in the town held a minute’s silence for a much-loved Hartlepool lad.
Four teams who were playing at the West Hartlepool Rugby Club at the weekend stood silent to pay their respects to 19-year-old George Wall who died suddenly on Thursday.
The death of George, who lived with his family in the West Park area of the town, has come as a huge shock to family and friends.
Dave Picken, a spokesman for the rugby club, said George had been a member since he was a small boy up until a couple of years ago and news of his death had come as a terrible blow, with the thoughts of everyone at the club with his family at this time.
He said: “He played for the minis and for the juniors and was captain of the Colts side for two years.
“He was a tremendously popular lad and a good rugby player. A lot of our members knew him and are deeply shocked and saddened by his sudden death.
He was a tremendously popular ladDave Picken
“We had four teams playing at the club on Saturday and they all joined us in the minute’s silence.”