Tributes have poured in for a rugby player who died after collapsing during a game on Wearside.
Newton Aycliffe RUFC’s Terry Parsons, 48, died after becoming unwell in his team’s match with Houghton RUFC on Saturday.
Emergency services rushed to Houghton’s Dairy Lane ground and Mr Parsons was airlifted to Sunderland Royal Hospital via the Great North Air Ambulance where he was sadly pronounced dead.
Both rugby clubs have released statements to thank those who were at the game and tried to save him.
Dozens of readers have spoken of their sadness at the news on the Echo’s Facebook page.
Daniella Hanson wrote: “Awful news for our rugby community thoughts go to his family, friends, team and club.”
Claire Proud wrote: “Awful news. RIP thoughts are with his family.”
Jen Rainey said: “R.I.P thoughts go to his family and friends so very sad.”
Claire Carroll wrote: “Tragic. Thoughts with the family.”
Craig ‘Rufus’ Hissett wrote: “Awful. Rest in peace Terry.”
Lynn Bennett said: “Very sad to hear this. My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP.”
Robert Cairns said: “Poor bloke! Thoughts with his family!”
Jackie Cooper Armstrong wrote: “Sad news, thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Judith Ann Wood wrote: “Awful news.
“Thoughts go out to everyone concerned, family, friends and players alike (from both teams).
“Awful thing to happen, awful thing to witness and experience.”