Memorial service for former friend

A memorial service is being held by friends and colleagues of a popular community worker who died last month.

Officials at the St Paul’s Centre, in George Street, Willington Quay, are holding the service in memory of Andy Merrill, who died three weeks ago at the age off 66 after a short illness.

The service will take place at the centre on Saturday, March 22, at 11am.

A collection will be held to help set up the Andy Merrill Young People Award. Andy had been a community development worker at the centre.

Project leader Steve Dixon said: “Andy did a tremendous amount for the Willington Quay area, working to build up the number of volunteers, and in raising awareness of the issues people are facing.”