Friends and colleagues of a popular former Midlands newspaperman are to hold a second tribute night in his memory next month.
Andy Donkersley died aged 52 in November 2008 after a career mainly spent at the Express and Star, Wolverhampton.
A tribute held last August in Wolverhampton attracted around 70 friends and former colleagues and raised over £200 towards a memorial plaque to be erected at his beloved Huddersfield Town FC.
Now a second tribute night and reunion for current and former E&S staff has been booked for Saturday 13 November – with musical accompaniment from regional journalism’s very own Tony Blackburn.
Former Shropshire Star reporter Arthur Mills is dusting off his turntable and collection of 45s to turn on the style at the tribute night, to be held at Penn Fields Bowling Club, Coalway Road, Wolverhampton.
Organiser Steve Gordos, a former E&S sports editor, said: “Last year’s event was a fine tribute to Andy, a reporter admired hugely both professionally and as a friend. We hope this one will prove just as succesful.”
Birmingham Mail business editor Jon Griffin, who worked with Andy for many years, added: “In a trade which sometimes attracts some dubious characters, Andy Donkersley was a guy of utmost integrity and that was reflected in last year’s turnout.
“And nobody should miss out on the chance to see Arthur Mills perform once again behind a turntable.”
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