Fun day to remember local hero

John Reid
John Reid

A ONE-MINUTE silence will be held to remember a community stalwart during a fun day.

Staff and users of the Manor West Centre, in Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, are holding the event this Saturday, on what would have been centre chairman and founder member John Reid’s 71st birthday.

At 1pm, two white doves will be released in John’s memory.

There will also be a number of fun activities for all the community to enjoy during the annual event.

John died on Friday, July 8, at Hartlepool & District Hospice following a battle with heart problems.

Lynette Stokes, a community support worker at the centre, said: “John loved being involved in the community and this event is all about getting the community together.

“The Manor West Centre was John’s baby. He inspired us all here at the centre and he liked to see people achieve something.

“He did it all on a voluntary basis and never wanted any praise.”

Lynette said the centre hoped to stage the fun day every year on John’s birthday.

Members of the public are invited to the event, which is being held on the field opposite the nearby Hourglass Pub, in Eaglesfield Road.

Highlights include a penalty shoot-out, sumo wrestling, a fairground and walk-on-water balls, where people can climb into giant inflatable balls and float on water.

There will also be cake stalls, a tombola and information stands manned by representatives from various community organisations.

A car boot sale will take place from 8am-10am, followed by the fun day from 10am-4pm.

John’s funeral was held last week at Stranton Crematorium, as reported by the Mail.

Granddad-of-four John, who leaves behind wife Doreen, 66, and daughters Julie Marshall, 44, and Stephanie Green, 34, set up the Manor West Centre in 2003.

The centre, which offers all sorts of social and educational activities and courses, is used by hundreds of people each week.