A MEMORIAL service for a popular Corbridge man who died from complications of a long-term heart condition is due to be held this weekend.

Ryan Webb, who worked at the Shell garage in the village, died in 2020 at the age of 28 at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown.

As his funeral was subject to Covid restrictions in place at the time, his family has announced a memorial service will be held to give him the send-off he deserved.

The service will take place at St Andrew's Church on Sunday (May 15) at 2pm followed by a gathering at Corbridge Cricket Club from 3pm.

Ryan’s family said they would like to welcome anyone who would like to pay their respects and celebrate his life.

Born in September 1991 in Worcester, Ryan and his family moved to the North East when he was 11.

He attended Corbridge Middle School, and then Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham.

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His family and friends have described Ryan, who was known for his generosity and kindness, as 'one of a kind'.

They said: "He had time for everyone and made the effort to make sure he spent time asking how you were and catching up on your life.

"We all know that Ryan had to battle against adversity with this health throughout his life, but regardless of what was going on with him, he never failed to be there for every single one of his friends, whenever they needed him.

"He always knew what to say to cheer you up if you were down. He was always cracking a joke, or attempting to wind you up."

They added: "Our lives are a darker place without him in it. But we carry the wonderful memories we have of him with us every day and the great experiences that we had together."

Ryan was a big music fan and enjoyed attending gigs with his friends, and he was also a huge Wolves fan.

Donations in Ryan's memory can be made to the Children's Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.