A LASTING memorial is to be created in memory of a South Tyneside barman – just yards from where he used to work.
Jack Finlay died suddenly last December at his home in Whiteleas, South Shields, at the age of 22.
Bosses at Dusk Nightclub, off Mile End Road, South Shields, where Jack used to work, are allowing loved ones to create a permanent memorial outside of the club. They aim to plant a tree in his memory.
Jack’s friend, Raju Choudhury, 21, of Westoe, South Shields, said: “Jack was known for his humour and kindness. All his family and friends wanted to pay tribute for the time we spent with him.
“We are planting this memorial tree so people have the chance to relive some of the memories that Jack has given us all.”
Jack also worked in the Brigham and Cowan Social Club in Brigham Place, South Shields.
For the last seven months, friends and family have been looking for a suitable place for the memorial.
They were delighted when they were told the tree could be planted on the large grassed area outside Dusk.
The tree will be planted on Tuesday, July 22, at 2pm, and will also display a plaque carrying some of Jack’s favourite sayings.
The memorial will then be protected by a fence.
Raju said: “Jack was well-liked by everyone and had lots of friends. We wanted to spread the world and let people know what we were doing in his memory.”