Tributes paid to rugby legend

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A Scarborough veteran rugby player who was hailed a “legend” by many who knew him has died at the age of 73.

Pete Emms played for Scarborough Rugby Club’s veteran team - known as the Gulls - up until he was in his 70s.

Veterans team manager Richard Dean paid tribute, saying: “I have contacted many people to let them know about Pete and one word has kept coming back from everyone - legend.

“Pete was a legend at the club. He was full of life and had many rugby stories to tell, having played since the 1960s.

“There’s not many guys still playing rugby at his age. Even senior players now were playing with Pete when they were in the juniors.

“He was very well respected by everyone who knew him and will be missed. It’s a very sad loss to us all.”

Mr Dean added that he recalls playing in an away game near Leeds with Pete last November, when he played a full game.

He said: “When I dropped Pete off at home he said it was one of the best Gulls trips he’d ever been on.”

A special “clash of the veterans” game was held at Scarborough in 2009 to mark Mr Emms’ 70th birthday.

Graeme Young, chief executive of Scarborough Rugby Club, said: “Pete has been a huge part of life at the club for as long as anyone can remember.

“He will be sorely missed by his many, many friends at the club and in the wider rugby family.”

For more tributes, see Thursday’s Scarborough News.