Honouring Mike’s memory

Caption: Julia Doyle unveils the plaque at Rainhill High School, watched by guests including the Mayor of St Helens, Councillor Tom Hargreaves and Council Leader Marie Rimmer.
Caption: Julia Doyle unveils the plaque at Rainhill High School, watched by guests including the Mayor of St Helens, Councillor Tom Hargreaves and Council Leader Marie Rimmer.

A NEW arts centre commemorating the life of a former council leader has been officially opened.

The Mike Doyle Arts at Rainhill School, where Coun Doyle was chairman of the governors for many years, has been completely refurbished and now includes dance and drama studios and a media suite.

Council leader Marie Rimmer and St Helens mayor Tom Hargreaves joined Coun Doyle’s widow Julia at the official opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony formed part of an evening that celebrated diversity, and followed the school’s annual Anthony Walker Day, and was attended by the teenage murder victim’s mother, Gee.

Coun Doyle died at Chrsitmsas in 2008. He served as a council leader, was mayor in the late 1980s and held a number of cabinet portfolio posts.