Funeral details for Mark Blackstock announced

Mark Blackstock: A wonderful man. Image from his Facebook page.

Details for the funeral of Walsall pal Mark Blackstock, creator of news site TheYamYam, local musician and friend to the local online community have been announced – and there’s an ongoing appeal for photos and memories of this wonderful, sadly missed man.

Mark passed away on the 3rd of August following a heart attack. He was 55.

Mark’s friend Derek Bishton wrote:

The funeral for Mark Blackstock, editor and founder of the YamYam who died on August 3, will be held at Sandwell Valley Crematorium, Newton Road, West Bromwich B71 3SX on Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 1.45pm.

This will be followed by a reception at The Irish Centre, 14-20 High Street Deritend, Birmingham B12 0LN from 3pm – 11pm.
No flowers please. Everyone welcome.

If you have any photos or memories of Mark you would like to share, please email them to

My condolences to Mark’s family and friends. He was a good mate to all in the local blogging scene and his loss is particularly deeply felt here. Thank you to Derek for letting us know.

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1 Response to Funeral details for Mark Blackstock announced

  1. Dave Gilbert says:

    I was shocked and very saddened to hear of Mark’s passing when I met our former Daily Telegraph colleagues at a reunion. I still can’t process this. I retain a lasting memory of an infectious, unbridled laugh and a smile that lit up everyone around him. He was a calm producer, a very smart guy of many talents and a super-nice bloke. My condolences to his family and many friends. He once gave me some very good advice — and I can still hear his endearing accent in my head. Working on it Mark. Rest in peace fella.

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