Memorial For Missing RSPCA Inspector

A memorial service will be held for RSPCA inspector Mike Reid, who is believed to have been swept out to sea while attempting to rescue injured birds in West Cornwall last month during a storm.

The 54-year-old was was last seen in the Porthcurno area of Penzance at around 2pm on February 7th. 

His family say anyone who wants to pay their respects is welcome to attend. 

The service will be held at Truro Cathedral on Thursday, April 14 from 2pm. 

The celebration of his life will continue at Camborne Rugby Club from 3.30pm. 

Mourners are being asked to wear a little bit of red or green to represent the father-of-three's favourite football teams - Liverpool FC and Plymouth Argyle. 

Anyone wishing to wear a football shirt is welcome to do so. 

His family, who live in Carn Brea, near Redruth, have asked that instead of flowers, donations are made to the RNLI and the rescue teams that searched for him after the alarm was raised.

Following his disappearance, Mr Reid's wife of 26 years, Tracey, paid a heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in the two-day search. 

She said: "They were out there risking their lives to find him. 

They take time out of their jobs to look for our loved ones while their loved ones are at home. "They were amazing." 

Mr Reid's body has not recovered. 

His devastated family say they have had to accept he is not coming home. 

They are planning to hold a series of events throughout the year to raise funds for the rescue charities.