Andrew Symonds memorial: No jacket, no tie edict for cricketer’s service in Townsville
Andrew Symonds’ life will be celebrated by former teammates with a no-jacket, no-tie memorial service in Townsville on Friday, almost two weeks after the cricket star’s death.
Symonds family confirmed on Monday that a public memorial would take place for the former Test and limited-overs star close to his home in North Queensland.
Ian Healy, Adam Gilchrist, Darren Lehmann, Jimmy Maher and Matthew Mott will be among those to speak at the memorial, with poet and friend Rupert McCall to also deliver a poem.
The Riverview Stadium event will also be live-streamed at the Gabba, Symonds’ old home ground with Queensland.
The allrounder’s family and friends will gather for a private service on Friday morning before the memorial, which comes with a dress code of ‘definitely no jacket and tie required’.
Details of the memorial come after a week of tributes for Symonds, who died aged 46 when his car left the road and rolled in Hervey Range near Townsville on May 14.
Several former Queensland players have spent the past week together in the Bulls Masters charity and public speaking group, supporting each other in the aftermath of the shock death.
Current players have also continued to speak of their admiration for the gifted cricketer, who played 26 Tests and won two one-day World Cups.
His figure and legacy will likely be a point of discussion when players assemble in Brisbane late this week ahead of next month’s tour of Pakistan.
Fans have also paid tribute to one of the sport’s most marketable stars of the early 21st century, leaving fishing rods and cricket balls at the front of their homes.
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