A Memorial For Seb Patrick

Please sign the petition to honour the memory of reddwarf.co.uk's long-standing web editor.

12 May, 2021

Last August we were devasted by the news that we had lost reddwarf.co.uk's long-standing web editor, Seb Patrick, at the age of 37. Seb was a valued friend, colleague, and inspiration to so many of us in the world of Red Dwarf, and his sudden passing was both unexpected and deeply saddening.

As reported in the Liverpool Echo on Saturday, Seb's family have sought permission to install a memorial bench on Crosby Beach in his memory, but unfortunately, Sefton Council has denied the request. His friend and co-founder of the Red Dwarf fan site Ganymede & Titan, Ian Symes, has started a petition to persuade the council to reconsider their decision. The details follow:

Seb Patrick passed away suddenly in August 2020, aged just 37, leaving behind his wife, young daughter, friends and family. Nine months on, we're all still heartbroken, and looking for ways to commemorate and celebrate Seb's life. The family would love to install a memorial bench near Crosby Beach, one of Seb's favourite spots, where he and Josephine took Lois for ice creams and iron men on a regular basis - a place he truly felt at home.

Seb's parents are ready and willing to foot the bill, but Sefton Council is refusing permission to install a bench at this location. Apart from anything else, it could really do with the extra seating facility, as it's a popular destination for daily exercise for people of all ages, and currently lacks places to sit, rest and enjoy the beautiful view.

But more than this, Seb's was a life truly worth celebrating. Whether you knew him as a friend, colleague, for his work as writer and editor of the Red Dwarf website, as a contributor to the likes of When Saturday Comes, Empire, The Guardian, Roy of the Rovers or Den of Geek, or from his podcasts such as Cinematic Universe, Mifflinfinity or Beyond The Touchline, we're sure you'll agree that a permanent memorial for this wonderful, loving, enthusiastic and hilarious man would be more than fitting. He doesn't have a gravestone, so we need somewhere to come together and share memories.

We would like to join Ian and the Red Dwarf community as a whole by lending our support to this cause, and we ask that if you haven't already done so, to please consider signing and sharing the petition.

Seb's contribution to this website was staggering, and his infectious enthusiasm for fans and fandom was far reaching and influential. Upon his passing tributes were paid by Red Dwarf's cast, creators and crew; Bill and Ted screenwriter Ed Solomon; and publications including Empire Magazine, Film Stories, and When Saturday Comes. Such was his influence on our community, his memory was honoured as part of the original broadcast of The First Three Million Years on Dave. We invite you to show your appreciation for everything that he did and help his family to achieve this worthy celebration of his life.

At the time of writing the petition has attracted 2,480 signatures. Let's see how high we can raise that. Please sign it and share it far and wide.

If you would also like to make a donation in Seb's memory, you can do so via GoFundMe.

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