Memorial fair for Michael a major success

Friends and family of a soldier from Blyth killed in Afghanistan five years ago have celebrated his life and raised money for charity in his memory.

Guardsman Michael Sweeney was just 19 when he died in April 2010 while serving his country with the Coldstream Guards.

A memorial fair was held in Blyth market square at the weekend to raise funds for the ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity.

Michael’s mum Kim said: “It was a fantastic day. The weather stayed dry and brought people out to the event.

“We have collected £914 so far, with some vendor donations to still come in

“Michael would be proud of the attendance at the event, and money raised.

“More and more servicemen and their families are in need everyday, just because we are no longer in Afghanistan doesn’t mean they no longer need our help.

“There are so many young men that will need help in the years to come from the invisible injuries they received from serving abroad over the last few years.

“They fought for us, the least we can do is help those that need our help.

“A big thank you to everyone involved.”