THE memory of an influential member of a canoe club will live on after trophies were named in her honour.

Lorraine Murray-Glendenning was the driving force behind Hexham Canoe Club, but died last month after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

To show their appreciation for Lorraine’s hard work and dedication over the years, Hexham Canoe Club introduced memorial trophies at its annual canoe slalom event at Wark.

Held in Lorraine’s home village, the inaugural Lorraine Murray-Glendenning Memorial trophies for outstanding contribution and for the best performing woman at U23 or senior level were presented.

Club member Mike Brennan carved the trophy for outstanding contribution out of wood.

He said: “We have seen how hard Lorraine worked to support individuals and promote the sport, and really encouraged people to come and have a go no matter what their age.

“She is the main reason I got into it and my children, who are aged eight and six, were competing at the weekend and Lorraine would have been doing cartwheels as that is exactly what she wanted – more people taking part.”