MARLOW schoolboy Harry Mills has posthumously been awarded with an outstanding sportsman award by Marlow Town Council.

The honour was given to his parents Richard and Judi Mills at the mayor's reception at Marlow Town Regatta and Festival on June 17.

Harry, 11, of Institute Road, Marlow, died from meningitis in April and the council decided to remember him with the special one-off award. He was a sports fanatic and played football and rugby for John Hampden Grammar School as well as Marlow Rugby Club.

Harry also enjoyed cricket, tennis and cross country running. His sporting ability earned him a place on the Talented and Gifted Register - a Government initiative.

Richard Mills said: "It means an awful lot to us and it's lovely he has been recognised by the town. Harry just loved playing sport and he excelled at football and rugby. He was a team player and for him to receive this award is terrific."

Judi added: "It is very unexpected but wonderful his achievements have been recognised."

Marlow Mayor Richard Scott said: "Harry always had a beaming smile on his face and limitless enthusiasm for sport and life itself. This award may not be made every year, but when it is, it will only be in exceptional circumstances."