Thanksgiving service for writer Amanda

Amanda 'Wilko' Wilkins
Amanda 'Wilko' Wilkins

A thanksgiving service is being held in memory of former Herald and Gazette reporter Amanda Wilkins.

It is taking place on Saturday, April 18, at Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road, at 2pm.

Amanda was found dead at her home last month. She was 70.

She was a popular figure in Seaford and Newhaven, and on the Eastbourne theatre scene. She had run five London marathons and was a stalwart supporter of various charities and youth groups.

She was looking forward to working at the Natwest Island Games in Jersey later this year and had also landed a post at the Brighton Amex for the Rugby World Cup.

Amanda, who lived in South Heighton and was known as Wilko to her friends, had been suffering with a virus for some time and died of a clot on the lung at the sheltered housing complex she lived in.

Born in Derbyshire, she moved to London and worked in theatre administration before moving to Eastbourne where she landed a job at the Eastbourne Herald under the editorship of Peter Lindsey.

He said said, “Amanda was a true character who became very well known in Hailsham and Seaford when she was the towns’ district reporter. She became heavily involved in the communities and was always happy to give up her time to report on what was going on.”

Her next of kin Dianne Dudley said, “Amanda was a whirlwind of a woman but always thinking of others before herself.”

Chris Jordan at Eastbourne Theatres said, “Her passion, energy and enthusiasm for theatre was unwavering.

“Always smiling, always with a story to tell and always supportive of our work at Eastbourne Theatres.”