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Tributes to George Michael line Goring street
Published 05/01/17

FLORAL tributes have continued pouring into the village of Goring, after the death of George Michael on Christmas Day, and by Wednesday night they stretched from the entrance to Lock Approach, off High Street, to the side gate at St Thomas' Church.

Many fans also left candles, drawings, framed posters, cards and balloons in tribute to the singer.

A T-shirt bearing the lyrics to Wham!'s 1984 hit Last Christmas was tied to the church gate with the message: "George If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. Love you always gorgeous. Maria."

A card from Sarah Carvel, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, said: "My heart has broken on the news of your death. I have loved you and your music from the very start and had the pleasure of seeing you in concert numerous times. I will treasure these memories forever."

A young child's message, accompanied by a drawing, simply said: "Dear George Michael, I was so sad when you died. I love your singing. Love from Olivia xxxx".

Click here to see more photographs of the tributes to the late singer, in Goring.

Civil servant Steve Jackson, 46, of High Barnet, who had already laid flowers at Michael’s London property, said: “He’s been my hero since the Wham! days and I feel privileged to have seen him live in concert. I lost my father at 16 and he became the soundtrack to some difficult times. His music was uplifting and I’m grateful to have witnessed such a special talent.”

Roger and Marie Wills, of Caerphilly, visited with their grown-up children Lindsay and Martin.

Mrs Wills said: “He was the biggest superstar of our time and such an underrated singer-songwriter. We all worship him and feel we have to come and pay our respects. The children grew up with him and he’s a massive part of our lives.”

Resident Anita Warwick, of White Hart Yard, who was walking her dogs Tilly and Rosa past the scene when the ambulance arrived on Christmas Day, said: “It’s usually so peaceful here but this paramedic car came screeching down High Street and stopped right by the house.

“The medic got out and went straight inside so I knew something was going on. Two police cars arrived about 10 minutes later and a man who must have been George’s boyfriend let them in.

" I carried on walking the dogs and when I walked past a little bit later the ambulance had arrived. We didn’t actually realise what had happened until we heard the news on Boxing Day.

"It was a complete shock and it has been madness around here ever since. We were very glad to have gone away after Christmas to get away from it. The day afterwards, there were television crews filming down here and there were so many fans that you couldn't move. People are still turning up now.

"We've lived here 18 years and have only seen him twice. He was a very private man and I think he liked the fact that he could come here and be anonymous. People knew he lived around here but they didn't bother him.

"The outpouring of grief has been incredible and really quite moving. It's so sad because he was so young and still had so much to give."

Published 05/01/17

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