Townsville Public Memorial for Symonds | The temperature


Andrew Symonds’ life will be celebrated by former teammates with a no jacket or tie memorial service in Townsville on Friday, nearly two weeks after the cricketer star’s death.

The Symonds family confirmed on Monday that a public memorial will be held for the former Test and Limited Series star near his home in North Queensland.

Ian Healy, Adam Gilchrist, Darren Lehmann, Jimmy Maher and Matthew Mott will be among those speaking at the memorial, with poet and friend Rupert McCall also delivering a poem.

The Riverview Stadium event will also be broadcast live at The Gabba, Symonds’ former home ground with Queensland.

The all-rounder’s family and friends will gather for a private Friday morning service before the memorial, which comes with a dress code of ‘definitely no jacket and tie required’.

The memorial details come after a week of tributes for Symonds, who died aged 46 when his car left the road and rolled into 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 wake of shock death.

Current players have also continued to speak of their admiration for the gifted cricketer, who has played 26 Tests and won two One-Day World Cups.

His figure and his legacy will likely be the subject of discussion when the players gather in Brisbane at the weekend ahead of next month’s tour of Pakistan.

Fans also paid tribute to one of the most marketable sports stars of the early 21st century, leaving fishing rods and cricket balls outside their homes.

Australian Associated Press

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