Video footage of accordion man busking released

Buskers perform one last song, ABBA's "Thank you for the music", in tribute to "the accordion man" P

Buskers perform one last song, ABBA's "Thank you for the music", in tribute to "the accordion man" Paddy Delaney who passed away earlier this year - Credit: Archant

Video footage of a memorial busking day has been released as part of a tribute to a late accordion player.

Paddy Delaney busked on St Albans market day for more than 30 years, becoming a well-known face throughout the district.

He died this year, and a memorial busking day was held earlier this month to raise money for a plaque to be installed in his memory.

Video footage has since been released of the day, including an interview with Brigid, Paddy’s daughter.

Cameraman Gary Shore, 60, of Upper Culver Road, St Albans, said: “When Paddy sadly passed away I was proud that my city had such a unique character.

“My photo of him in the paper was a lovely memory and when I heard about the fundraising event, I knew there would be photos taken, but that I could capture the music and atmosphere of the event on film.”

The day, organised by local musician Melanie Wall, managed to raise more than £1,600 for the plaque with any surplus going to Hospice of St Francis where Paddy spent is final days.

Gary added: “The bonus for me was having the chance of interviewing Brigid, Paddy’s daughter.

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“Brigid and Melanie Wall really brought the day into focus, so to speak.”

Gary hopes that he can film a follow up video of the unveiling of the plaque, which has yet to be installed.

The video can be viewed at:

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