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.
"It was a shock to so many people to hear of John’s death," said councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council.
"It’s fitting that we look to a visible tribute, and with a book of condolences, there is the opportunity to mark his passing in words.
"John was always deeply loyal and committed to Sunderland and the north east region, and we thank him for that.
"I know many other people feel the same, and he was loved and admired by many people in the city and beyond."
Nearly £23,000 has been raised for the Hays Travel Foundation since Hays’ death through an online fundraising appeal set up by Hays Travel marketing and homeworking director John Milburn.