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Tributes to popular Abergele motorcyclist killed after collision with car

Published date: 12 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular entertainer and father of four who died in a motorcycle crash.

Andrew Anderton, aged 53, of Abergele, died following the collision with a car on the A5104 Bryneglwys, near Corwen, just before 2pm on Saturday, March 8.

Mr Anderton, an entertainer and singer who performed as Andy Haywood, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A family statement said: “Andrew leaves a wife, Mel, children Gemma, Sam, Jack and Charlotte. He was a devoted family man, a fabulous entertainer and landscape gardener.

"He would do anything for anybody and he was the kindest person you could ever meet.”

Mr Anderton and his wife had been together for 18 years.

He worked at a number of venues across North Wales and the North West including Brown’s Club at Browns Holiday Park in Towyn, where he had performed for more than 20 years.

Dave Jones, who runs the club, said: “Andrew had his own unique style. He would come on in his wellington boots and shorts and throw water over people.

“People loved his show. He was a very popular entertainer, children loved him. He was a happy go lucky guy. He would do anything for you if he could and he only had good things to say about everybody. He was known for his phrase ‘absolutely average’.

“He was a legend.”

One of Mr Anderton’s most popular songs was an a cappella version of Unchained Melody.

A tribute site has been set up on Facebook with friends and fans leaving their memories.

Sam Morgan wrote: “I’m still in so much shock. I can’t believe this has happened to such a kind genuine and lovely person. I’ve never met someone so nice and happy and jolly all the time.

“He will most definitely be missed by so many people. Thoughts and prayers are with Andy and his family at this devastating time.”

Nathan Turner wrote: “A true gent, and all round great guy. You will be missed greatly.”

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing said: “Police investigations are underway and we are appealing to anyone who was travelling along the A5104 prior to the collision or anyone who may have information to contact officers at the Roads Policing Unit on 101.”

An inquest into Mr Anderton’s death was due to be opened by the North East Wales coroner today (Wednesday).

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