Britain’s oldest Football referee has passed away at the age of 91 after still officiating matches at 88. A 5-year-old boy has received an award for his bravery when making a 999 call and across the world a plane has crash landed in a lagoon as it missed its runway.
Britain’s oldest football referee dies
Harry Hardy, Britain’s oldest football referee has sadly passed away at the age of 91. He had been overseeing matches for many years, with his first being in 1959. Despite battling arthritis and deteriorating eyesight, Harry did not give up on his passion and continually officiated matches well into his late 80s. In 2013 Harry was honoured for his services to Football by Prince William, receiving a medal for his efforts.
Mr Hardy’s family were very proud of him and his love of football, his son Chris says:
He encouraged loads of people to take up refereeing, and brought a lot through who have gone on to referee across the world.”
5-year-old wins award for bravery
Autism is a condition which affects a person’s social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. It’s difficult for a person with autism to converse with others, especially strangers, and that’s why a 5-year-boy with autism was recently praised for his efforts when he called 999 after his Mum collapsed.
Tyler had been out all day with his family and when they returned home his Mother Charley-Anne fell unconscious. Tyler took it upon himself to call an ambulance for his Mum, gave them their full address and went to a neighbours house so they could wait with the two children while they waited on an ambulance. Charley-Anne Semple had this to say about the incident:
Tyler struggles with conversing, so to stay on the phone for 10 minutes, give our full address, take instructions – those are all things he finds very difficult.”
Tyler and his sister Annabella both received a certificate from the National Autistic Society to praise them for their bravery.
Plane crashes into lagoon in Micronesia
A passenger plane in Micronesia had to land in a lagoon recently after overshooting an airport runway. The Boeing 737-800 was carrying 47 passengers and staff and luckily none sustained any serious injuries!
The plane landed in shallow water just off the coast of the tiny island in the Pacific. Local fishing boats rushed to assist the passengers and crew before emergency services could arrive at the scene. The cause of the crash is currently unclear but investigations are ongoing.