Hereford & Worcester

Charity football match in coach crash teacher's memory

Peter Rippington, who was killed in the coach crash, and his wife, Sharon
Image caption Peter Rippington died and his wife Sharon was also hurt in the crash

A charity football match in memory of a Worcestershire teacher killed in coach crash in France has taken place.

Peter Rippington, who taught PE and maths at Alvechurch School, died and more than 20 others were hurt returning from a school skiing trip in February.

A minute's applause was held at the game between teams captained by Mr Rippington's children Max and Amy.

The game kicked off at 19:00 BST at Alvechurch Football Club's ground at Lye Meadow.

Amy Rippington said the minute's applause was a "fitting tribute" because they did not "want people to be sad and to mourn".

Organisers had expected more than 1,000 people to go to the game.

A group of 49 pupils and staff from the school were returning from the ski trip when the coach crashed near Reims in northern France on 19 February.

The driver of the coach has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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