By Rachael Grealish
Egremont Rangers are paying tribute to the late rugby player Garry Purdham who was killed in the 2010 Cumbrian Shootings.
Garry was a star player for Egremont Rangers Rugby League during his prime, but lost his life, age 31, during Derrick Bird’s mass shootings on June 2, 2010.
To pay tribute to their lost friend, on the 10th anniversary, the club are replicating the 1998 kit Garry wore when Egremont won the NCL Premier.
A spokesperson for the club said: “We have two kits this year which the open age teams will wear – one based on the 1990 BARLA National Cup winning side which we won 30 years ago which also has a nod to Gary as it will have his initials GP.
“Also, as it’s been 10 years since we lost Gary to the Cumbria Shootings and so the 2nd kit is based on the kit Gary wore when Egremont won the NCL Premier back in 1998 and so thought what better way to pay tribute to Gary than to have a kit in his name.”
The team also gave their thanks to the sponsors who agreed to have their names associated on kits this year.
The kits will be available to purchase directly from the online retailer O’Neils within the next few weeks.
The delay comes after O’Neils moved to making PPE for the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis.
On the anniversary of Garry’s death the team and members of the community who feel the loss of the former player briefly gathered, while social distancing,to raise a glass to their lost friend.
Garry was one of 12 victims when Bird went on a shooting rampage through West Cumbria 10-years-ago.
Bird was also responsible for causing life-altering injuries to 11 others that day, as he committed on the worst mass shootings seen in Britain since the Dunblane massacre in 1996.