Sunderland will pay tribute to Hays Travel founder John Hays by lighting up the city’s landmarks in the independent’s traditional blue and orange colours.
The lights will be switched on at dusk on Tuesday (24 November) until dawn the following morning, ahead of Hays’ funeral on Wednesday (25 November), the Sunderland Echo reports.
Landmarks due to be lit up include the Northern Spire bridge, Fulwell Mill, Seaburn Lighthouse, Hylton Castle, Beacon of Light and Keel Square, outside Hays Travel HQ.
Hays, 71, who founded Hays Travel in 1980, collapsed and died at work on Friday (13 November), sparking tributes from across travel and beyond.
He was given the freedom of Sunderland in 2016 in recognition of his services to the city. An online book of condolences has been opened in his name here.