Old Town pays tribute to popular Andy

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular Old Town character.

Andy Gasson, of Marine Parade, and who was well-known for his art, photography and poetry, passed away aged 62 after suffering a heart attack.

His 32-year-old daughter, Hannah Streeton, said: “It’s overwhelming how much dad was loved and respected all over the Old Town.

She added: “He was a loving dad and had just completed writing a book, called The Colour of Mud, which is full of poems, anecdotes and photographs.

“We are going to carry out his dream and get it published for him.”

Mr Gasson, who died last on Wednesday, September 7, was a frequent visitor to Plato’s Cafe in Sturdee Place.

He went there three times a day for a coffee and often sat outside writing his poetry.

Mr Gasson became very popular with staff and customers at the cafe. He sometimes recited poetry to them.

He is survived by his daughters Hannah and Lucy, ex-wife Carole, and four grandchildren Eirinn, Daisy, William and Suzanne.

Mr Gasson’s funeral is taking place next Friday (September 23) at 11.45am at Hastings Crematorium.