THE city’s brightest music talent were among those to bid a final farewell to Echo man Ian Laws yesterday.
Frankie & The Heartstrings and Martin Longstaff from The Lake Poets performed a touching acoustic set in front of the hundreds who gathered at the Stadium of Light to remember the former sports writer and digital editor.
It was a fitting tribute to a man who loved his music almost as much as his football and family.
The wake followed a funeral service at Holy Trinity Church, Gateshead, where dad-of-three Ian, from Fulwell, was a regular.
North East football commentators and former SAFC player Gary Bennett were among those to pay their respects to Ian, 41, who died on January 26, from a suspected heart attack.
His family asked that donations be made to the SAFC Foundation in lieu of flowers in honour of Ian, who made a successful career out of his passion for the Black Cats.
Following the funeral service, his cortege passed Echo House in Pennywell en-route to Sunderland Crematorium so that colleagues who couldn’t attend his funeral could pay their last respects.