Hundreds say final goodbyes to North Devon cricketer Tom Allin
PUBLISHED: 16:27 18 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:02 19 January 2016
Former England stars Ashley Giles and Jonathan Trott among guests at funeral in Woolsery
Hundreds of people turned out today (Monday) to say their final goodbyes to Tom Allin at his funeral.
Family, friends and former cricketing team-mates were among the mourners at All Hallows Church in Woolsery following the 28-year-old’s death on January 4.
Tributes have poured in from around the world to the former Warwickshire, North Devon and Bideford fast bowler since the news of his death, and many of those who had taken to social media made the trip to Woolsery on Monday - the church was already full half an hour before the service.
Among the guests at the funeral were England batsman and former Warwickshire teammate Jonathan Trott and Warwickshire coach Ashley Giles, who made Allin his first signing in 2008.
Mr Allin’s coffin was carried by three of his former North Devon team mates, his brother-in-law and two other former team mates from other clubs. They wore Warwickshire club shirts with ‘Allin 87’ on the back.
More former clubmates were waiting outside the church, raising their bats in a guard of honour as Tom’s coffin was carried inside.
Tom’s mum and dad, Tony and Beverley Allin, were among those to write tributes which were read out at the service.
“As a family we are devastated to have lost Tom,” they wrote. “He will always be our precious Tom, as beautiful on the outside as he was on the inside. Love you for ever.”
Bideford CC coach Andy Davies also penned a tribute to ‘an excellent cricketer, coach and friend’.
“I remember this blonde-haired, smiling young cricketer,” he said. “As soon as he picked up a bat I could see how good he was.”