The saddest week for Leicester…

 

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It’s a week since the helicopter crash at the Kingpower Stadium after Leicester City’s home match against West Ham and it’s been so hard for everyone trying to come to terms with the tragic loss of life. I visited the King Power stadium this morning to pay my respects along with a constant stream of people walking quietly together  in the autumn sunshine to bring flowers, scarves, shirts, balloons and toys to lay in tribute.
Five people lost their lives on Saturday evening, among them was the chairman of the football club, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. His care for the team, his kindness and generosity to the city and its people meant that everyone took him to their hearts and now their hearts are broken.
To find out more about why Leicester people loved this man so much, read this article by Lee Marlow –  click here. Meanwhile, here are some of my sketches of the stadium with all the people and their gifts.
King Power Stadium, watercolour
Coming to the King Power

6 Comments

  1. Sheree

    A fitting tribute Maxine! Football fans everywhere feel Leicester’s pain.

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    1. Thank you Sheree – The response from everyone in football and beyond has been extraordinary. Leicester Cathedral have set up a book of condolence as well and their bells rang especially as a tribute, with the bells muffled – just beautiful. Buildings have been lit with colours of the Thailand flag or the blue of the club. It really has been exceptional and I think everyone, not least the families, have been really surprised and touched by the depth of feeling and support.

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  2. Beautiful as always Maxine, “moving pictures” in another sense. I was glad to see that they won yesterday. Though it will take a while for everyone involved at the club and indeed the City to recover. 😥

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    1. Thank you Mike, it was good for them to win, but must have been a very hard match to play, although possibly the most natural way for them to pay tribute. I felt that I wanted to make pictures too. It will take time as you say.

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  3. A lovely tribute!

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    1. Very kind 👍

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