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Online condolences for Cheltenham BID director ahead of funeral

An online book of condolence has been opened for Cheltenham BID director and former newspaper editor Kevan Blackadder ahead of his funeral.

Mr Blackadder, who edited the Gloucestershire Echo for six years to 2014, died last month aged 60 after suffering from bowel cancer.

His funeral, which takes place at Cheltenham Crematorium at 1.30pm on Monday, will be available to follow online.

Tributes to Kevan Blackadder 

And a message shared by the BID said people can pay their respects as the hearse passes through Prestbury via Shaw Green Lane, Bowbridge Lane and The Burgage from 1-1.20pm.

Donations in Mr Blackadder's memory can be made to Sue Ryder.

Tributes in the online book of condolence can be left at kevanblackadder.muchloved.com

Born in Manchester, Mr Blackadder grew up in Cumbria where he began his journalism career as a reporter at the Whitehaven News.

After spells at the Sunday Independent in Plymouth and the Bristol Evening Post, where he was assistant editor, he took over as editor of the Echo in 2008.

After leaving the editor's chair in 2014, he took his passion for his adopted home town to the role of town centre manager and then the director's role at Cheltenham BID in 2015.

Details of how to watch the funeral are available here.

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