Services to be held for Melton sportsmen Sep Bestwick and Jon Taylor

Jon Taylor played county league cricket for all three Melton clubs - here is in action for Egerton Park EMN-150917-160456002
Jon Taylor played county league cricket for all three Melton clubs - here is in action for Egerton Park EMN-150917-160456002
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Friends and family of two late popular sportsmen will gather to savour and reflect on their lives this week.

A celebration of former Leicester City footballer Sep Bestwick’s life takes place today (Thursday) in Waltham, while the funeral of multi-talented sportsman Jon Taylor takes place tomorrow in Melton.

Sep, who also played for Aston Villa, was well-known by generations of local footballers after setting up Waltham United FC and died on Monday, November 2.

Fittingly, Sep will begin the short journey to St Mary Magdalene Church from his old stomping ground at Waltham Playing Fields.

The service begins at 2pm and the family has requested that black clothing will not be necessary and football shirts of any team are welcome.

Donations are for the Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan Cancer Support, and can be left in the collection box or given to the family.

The funeral service of Jon, known to friends and team-mates as Tilly, will be held at St Mary’s Parish Church from 2.15pm followed by burial at Melton Cemetery.

Flowers and donations, made payable to Kidney Research, can be sent to Shane Mousley and Son Independent Funeral Directors in Cranmere Road.

Jon, who died aged just 32 in September, played for all three of the town’s cricket clubs, but was gifted at many sports, particularly snooker.

His final cricket club, Melton Mowbray, will host a reception after the service in a marquee at their All England Sports Ground home, off Saxby Road. All are welcome to go along and share their memories of Jon.