Memorial fair will mark fifth anniversary

Friends and family of a soldier from Blyth killed in Afghanistan will come together this weekend for a special fair in his memory.

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

Some days it feels like yesterday, and others a distant time, but Michael will forever be in our hearts

Kim Sweeney

Now a memorial fair is being held in Blyth market square on Saturday, April 4, from 10am to 3pm, to raise funds for the ABF – The Soldiers Charity.

Michael’s mum Kim said: “It’s hard to believe it’s five years since Michael passed.

“Some days it feels like yesterday, and others a distant time, but Michael will forever be in our hearts.

“He was an unforgettable character who deserves to live on in memory.

“So many people knew Michael personally and have such wonderful stories to tell, we never tire hearing them.

“Our forces deserve at least a round of applause for everything they do, protecting us at home and in foreign lands.

“I would love to have everyone meet at noon in the market square and join me in that applause.”

The fair will include a cake stall, tombola, militaria, climbing wall, rides and inflatables, fire engine, police van and more.