YOUR SAY: How best should we remember Denise Robertson?

Denise Robertson.
Denise Robertson.
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Echo readers are in favour of a lasting tribute to Denise Robertson in her hometown city.

After crowds turned out to pay their last respects to the much-loved TV agony aunt at her funeral service at Sunderland Minster this week, talk has turned to how the 83-year-old should best be remembered.

Funeral of Denise Robertson at Sunderland Minster.

Funeral of Denise Robertson at Sunderland Minster.

Hundreds of you took part in our online poll about whether there should be some kind of memorial to Denise – and what form it should take - with more than two-thirds of readers voting in favour.

And many thought naming a hospital or hospice ward in her memory would be most fitting for a woman who devoted so much of her life to helping those less fortunate.

Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council, told the Echo: “If there is backing and the fundraising, then a permanent memorial could be another fitting tribute to this remarkable woman.”

Posting on the Echo’s Facebook page, Kayley Marie Anderson said of the memorial idea: “Maybe name a ward after her. She did a lot of charity work. She wasn’t just a person on TV or an agony aunt she did a lot for the less fortunate.”

Claire-louise Merritt posted: “Name a charity or hospital department after her that would be more recognised than a memorial site.”

Karen Hunt posted: “I dont think a ‘monument’ would be appropriate, some good suggestions are ‘Robertson’ Ward in a mental health hospital, or a hospice, and a peaceful bench in Mowbray Park.”

Kirstie Lee-Watson suggested: “Maybe it would be more beneficial to have her linked to charity work as she was very big on this, I don’t think she would have wanted a memorial but rather something that would be more useful.”

Carol Watson wrote: “What about a walk of fame in Mowbray Park using paving stones with their names on? I’m sure it would be a long walk and would get longer as the years go by. The kids could learn about the kind of people Sunderland has given birth to.”

Carole Pullan added: “Possibly a ward in a hospice or hospital named after her would be a more fitting memorial.”

Pauline English welcomed the idea, saying: “Yes she was a great ambassador for Sunderland in the north east, patron for 40 charities, raised thousands of pounds for charity and never forgot where she was brought up.”

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