Memorial to Jill
A LASTING tribute to the life of a 'bright, professional, broadcaster' will be unveiled at Weston's first university-style campus. The Jill Dando Centre, built
A LASTING tribute to the life of a 'bright, professional, broadcaster' will be unveiled at Weston's first university-style campus.The Jill Dando Centre, built as part of the multi-million pound development in Loxton Road, is due to open its doors to students next month.The building, connected to the rest of the site via a spectacular glass bridge, will house all the sixth form facilities at Weston College's new site. The centre, which is two storeys high, includes science labs, a massive computer area and seminar rooms. Jill Dando was born in Ashcombe House Maternity Home in Weston in November 1961. She went to schools in Worle before becoming head girl in 1979 at Broadoak Sixth Form, which used to stand at the Loxton Road site. The building was demolished to make way for the new University Campus as it will now be known.At the age of 18 Jill started her career as a trainee reporter on the Weston & Somerset Mercury before going on to become a familiar face on television programmes like Crimewatch and Holiday. She died after being gunned down on the doorstep of her London home in April 1999. Barry George, who is currently serving a life sentence for her murder, has recently been given leave to appeal.College principal, Dr Paul Phillips, said: "When we were discussing what to call our new sixth form centre it seemed appropriate to play a part in keeping Jill Dando's memory alive in the town."She was such a bright, professional broadcaster who not only studied for her A-Levels in Weston but is also an excellent role model for our students. "The Jill Dando Centre signs have now been put up on the building and we are currently in discussions with Jill's brother, Nigel Dando, regarding what sort of memorial should be put inside the building."Nigel said: "I am delighted the college has chosen to recognise my sister in this way.