Friends and family to gather to remember Paul Monk

MUCH-MISSED A memorial service is being held for Paul Monk
MUCH-MISSED A memorial service is being held for Paul Monk
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PEOPLE will gather to celebrate the life of a kind-natured man who died in a harbour accident.

The family and church of Paul Monk have organised a thanksgiving service.

As previously reported, Paul was found dead in Langstone Harbour on March 21, two days after he had been out with friends celebrating his 21st birthday.

It is understood he cycled to Hayling on his mountain bike and texted his friend to say he was near the Texaco garage.

What happened after that is not clear, but police have ruled out suspicious circumstances. Since his death there has been an outpouring of emotion and poignant tributes.

Paul, who lived in Portsmouth but grew up in Chidham Close, Havant, was well-known in the area, having attended Havant College and Oaklands in Waterlooville.

His mum, who asked not to be named, told The News that the thanksgiving service was open to all of Paul’s friends.

She said: ‘It’s a celebration of his life.

‘It’s open to his friends. There’s plenty of room in the church for everybody.’

The service takes place at Havant United Reformed Church, in Elm Lane, on Tuesday at 2pm.

Paul’s funeral service will be a separate private family gathering.

More tributes have been paid to Paul.

Lesley Siddall, deputy principal at Havant College, said: ‘Paul attended the college between September 2008 and May 2010.

‘He will be fondly remembered by the staff as being a committed student who did well in his A-levels in law and ICT.’