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Andrew ‘Roy’ Symonds to be farewelled at public memorial in Townsville

Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds poses for a photograph at the Foxtel Summer of Cricket Launch at the SCG in Sydney, Thursday, October 24, 2019. (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi) NO ARCHIVING

A public memorial for cricket great Andrew ‘Roy’ Symonds is being held in Townsville tomorrow.

The 46-year-old died in a single vehicle crash on Hervey Range Road on May 14.

Mr Symonds will be farewelled at a service at 2.30pm at Riverway Stadium.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk paid tribute to the star in parliament today.

“Andrew Symonds was an outstanding player who made an unforgettable contribution to Queensland and Australian Cricket.”

“He was an all-rounder of the highest skill who’s batting, bowling and fielding entertained so many fans all over the world.”

“He was a highly valued member of Australia’s Test and One Day teams and Sheffield Shield followers remember his wonderful performances for Queensland.”

“On behalf of our government I again offer our deep condolences to Andrew Symonds’ family and friends.”

Fans attending the memorial are being asked to arrive at 2pm and park at Sunland Plaza.

Former cricketers Darren Lehmann, Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist are among those who will share memories of Symonds at the service.

The memorial will be live-streamed for anyone who is unable to attend and will be shown at the Gabba in Brisbane.

The stream will be broadcast on Fox Cricket, Kayo and cricket.com.au

(Photo: AAP/Bianca De Marchi)