One minute tribute for tragic Ethan

Ethan McKen
Ethan McKen

Nottinghamshire football teams held a one minute’s silence in memory of a teacher who died when he was swept out to sea on holiday.

Ethan McKen, 24, was travelling with friends and was at the Sunny Beach resort on the Black Sea, on Saturday August 8 when it is believed he was hit by a wave and was unable to return to shore.

A silence was held at all matches in the Notts Senior League and across the Central Midlands league as Mr McKen played as a defender for the Bulwell FC reserve team.

He taught PE at several primary schools in the Ashfield district of Nottinghamshire.

Ben Moore, manager of Bulwell FC reserves, said: “It was a mark of respect from the league to him - he had played for several teams in the league. He was a determined and confident lad - he stamped his mark on our team in a very short time.”

It is understood Mr McKen, a PE teacher at schools in Selston, Brinsley and Huthwaite had been on a Thomas Cook 18-30 holiday with friends when the tragedy happened.

Flowers and tributes were left at All Saints C of E Infants School in Huthwaite. In a statement the school said: “Mr McKen was a much loved teacher by all the children and staff he worked with. He had a great sense of humour, always gave his best had a smile on his face always willing to help and a pleasure to work with.”