Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Obituary: Julie McLay

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Obituary: Julie McLay

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TRIBUTES have been flooding in for Julie McLay - an art therapist who lost her two-year battle with cancer.

Born in Middlesbrough in 1963, Julie grew up in Eston, alongside brothers Mark, Andrew and Chris.

As a pupil at St Peter's Primary School she soon demonstrated a creative talent.

Julie went on to spend a year at St Mary's College before studying Fine Art at Cleveland College of Art and Design and then earning a degree from Newcastle Polytechnic.

Julie worked in several jobs before leaving Teesside to study a post-graduate Art Therapy course at Sheffield University.

She was later asked to return to there to lecture on the subject.

Described by her family as "quirky" and a "one-off", Julie loved music, poetry, and comedy and had even worked with popular circus group, Chimaera.

On TS6, condolences were posted by friends and family.

Craig Hornby said: "My cousin Julie, gentle and graceful to an end too soon, and a mountain of philosophical strength throughout. …

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