Community unites to run Spence farm
The farming community near Hillsborough in Co Down has come together to help with the running of the Spence farm, in the wake of the tragedy which claimed the lives of three of the family.
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Noel Spence and his two sons, Graham and Ulster Rugby star Nevin, were killed in a slurry pit accident on the family farm at the weekend.
Noel's daughter Emma was also treated in hospital as a result of the accident, but has since been discharged and continues to recover at home.
Now, with the family already buoyed by the messages of support and sympathy they've received from people around the world, those closest to home have arranged to help keep the farm going.
Thousands are expected to attend the joint funeral service for Noel, Graham and Nevin in Ballynahinch on Wednesday afternoon.
A service will be held at 2pm in the town's Baptist church, before the three men are laid to rest at Lough Inch Cemetery.
Representatives from the farming community, the church and the world of sport will come together with the Spence family and friends to pay their respects.
Ulster Rugby has also organised a memorial service at 3pm on Sunday at Ravenhill - where a book of condolence will remain open from 9am-5pm each day this week to allow people to leave tributes.