Lancashire

Morecambe FC scoreboard in memory of Heysham 1 worker

Globe Arena
Image caption Chris Cowan's family will unveil the scoreboard shortly before kick-off

A scoreboard in memory of an avid Morecambe FC fan who died after fall at a power station in Lancashire has been unveiled.

Chris Cowan, 26, was on a night shift at Heysham 1 when he plunged 30ft in the reactor building in July.

The nuclear power station, ran by EDF Energy, has raised the cash for the scoreboard, which has been installed at his team's new home at Globe Arena.

An investigation into his death is currently under way.

His family unveiled the memorial shortly before Morecambe FC took on Lincoln in the League Two clash.

'One of our own'

Mark Dixon, commercial director at the club, said: "Chris was well-known at Christie Park, so much so that he bought some of the Christie Park pitch as a souvenir last year.

"So it did seem right to mark his loss with something at the Globe Arena.

"We have a long-standing partnership with the power stations and during our discussions in the summer it was agreed that we would suggest to the family to install a scoreboard in his name.

"It seems to me that this is a fitting tribute to one of our own. I have been in close contact with Chris' parents, Mike and Christine, and have been humbled by their strength and humility in such tragic circumstances."

The former soldier served in Iraq before becoming an operate technician at the Heysham nuclear power station.

Gwen Parry Jones, station director at Heysham 1 power station, said: "We wanted to find a suitable memorial to Chris but we wanted to make sure his family were comfortable with the proposal and I am very pleased that they are."

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