Saturday 24 March 2018

Lise Hand: Players honour a legend as daughter says last goodbye

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

THE last time that Lauren Higgins faced the glare of so many cameras was in 1982 when her dad, Alex, overcome with emotion after winning his second world title hoisted her and the trophy aloft as tears ran down his face.

The trophy was bigger than his tiny, blonde-headed daughter.

Yesterday, Lauren was in the spotlight again. But this time she was saying a public farewell to her father at his funeral in Belfast's St Anne's Cathedral. Now a striking 28-year old, it was her turn to fight back tears as she read out a poem to Alex who died last week aged 61.

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