Children pay tribute to Cyrille

CHILDREN of St John Bosco Catholic Primary School in West Bromwich have come together to remember an all-time great.

In their best Baggies clobber - donning anything blue-and-white they could get their hands on - pupils arrived in their droves to pay tribute to Cyrille Regis who sadly passed away last Monday.

"We're a school in West Bromwich and probably 80% of our children and families are West Brom fans so it's been a sad week," said Deputy Headteacher Mandy Grubham. "Lots of children, lots of families have been affected by the news of Cyrille passing away. We wanted to mark the occasion in some way."

The day started with a mass dedicated to the life of Cyrille, with pupils and staff - draped in Albion scarves and flags - praying for his family and the many people whose lives he touched. Then came a special "footballers' lunch" with some of The Man's finest Albion goals playing on the big screen.

"In classes they're going to be doing different work on Cyrille," Mandy continued. "The younger ones are drawing pictures and the older ones are doing factfiles and biographies to find out a little bit more about his life."

Senior staff led the tributes to "a true gentleman", with Albion-daft youngster Emily opening up about what Cyrille meant to her.

"Cyrille was bullied because of being black but he didn't run away and let it get to him," she said. "He stood up for it but he didn't fight. He was a gentleman.

"He deserves his life to be honoured."

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