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Sir Geoff Hurst opens St Ives football pavilion

image captionSir Geoff Hurst said the pavilion was a fitting tribute from the football club

Former England football star Sir Geoff Hurst has opened new changing rooms and a pavilion at a Cornwall football club.

The £350,000 building at St Ives Town FC is being named after a former player, Sgt Paul Fox, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.

It has taken the club seven years to raise enough money to build the new changing rooms.

The building was opened by Sir Geoff, hero of the 1966 World Cup, at the club's Lelant ground on Saturday.

Sir Geoff said: "I've represented my country, but that's nothing to what Paul did, giving his life for the country.

image captionSgt Fox, of 28 Engineer Regiment, was attached to the 11 Light Brigade Reconnaissance Force

"It's fitting and wonderful that the club is remembering him this way."

Sgt Fox, 34, from St Ives, was on a dawn mission in Helmand Province, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in February 2010.

His patrol was checking compounds suspected of being used by insurgents when it came under fire.

Sgt Fox, from 28 Engineer Regiment, joined the Army in 1994 and was attached to the 11 Light Brigade Reconnaissance Force.

In March hundreds of people lined the streets of St Ives for the funeral of the Manchester-born soldier who moved to Cornwall with his family when he was 10.

The Army said Sgt Fox had been "an impressive soldier and an outstanding man".

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