Some of cricket’s biggest names will help farewell Andrew Symonds at a public memorial event this week.

Cricket legends and former teammates of Andrew Symonds will speak at a public memorial in Townsville this Friday – titled “Celebrating Roy”.

Those speaking will include test wicketkeepers Ian Healy and Adam Gilchrist, teammate Darren Lehmann, former Queensland Bulls captain Jimmy Maher and English white ball coach and longtime friend Matthew Mott.

Renowned Brisbane poet and personal favourite of Symonds Rupert McCall will also recite a poem.

The service is open to the general public and will be held from 2.30pm until 4pm at Riverway Stadium. It will be preceded by a private funeral.

Symonds died in a single vehicle car accident outside Townsville on May 14 at the age of 46.

Popular with his teammates, Symonds helped win two world cups for Australia as a crucial middle order batsmen and versatile bowler.

He left the game in 2012 and went on to become a member of the Fox Sports cricket commentary team.

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