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Peebles Rovers tribute to marine Alec Lucas

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Image caption The main stand at Peebles Rovers ground is to be renamed in honour of Alec Lucas

Peebles Rovers are to rename the main stand of their ground after a former player killed while serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan.

Alec Lucas died in November 2008 following an explosion while on patrol in Helmand province.

The 24-year-old was a talented footballer and played for several local teams, including the Peebles side.

Since his death his family and friends have organised a fundraising football tournament in his honour.

Ahead of this year's tournament, an unveiling ceremony will take place on 31 May at the newly-named Alexander Lucas Stand.

A large commemorative plaque has been designed and crafted for inside the stand with a smaller plaque to be positioned on the exterior of the building.

Since the Alec Lucas Memorial Trust was formed in the months after his death it has raised close to £90,000 for marines' charities as well as the support and promotion of local grassroots football.

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