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Tributes paid to the Seafood Man
TRIBUTES have been paid to a cockle seller who became a familiar sight over the years in city pubs.
Richard King, known fondly to many as “Seafood Man”, died at home aged 61 in Southampton after a short battle with liver cancer.
For the past 15 years, Richard visited pubs in Portswood and St Deny’s to sell cockles, whelks and prawns.
Popular with publicans and drinkers alike, he even had a song dedicated to him.
Dawn Fildes, landlady at the Junction Inn in St Deny’s, said: “He was part of the furniture on Friday and Saturday nights. He was a fabulous and gentle guy.
“He would come in and he was welcome and there would be a laugh and a joke. We called him Richard the Fish.”
Gemma Coles, landlady at the Shooting Star in Bevois Valley Road, said: “He was a gentle and lovely man who would come into the pub and shout, ‘Does anyone want seafood?’ “All the pubs and places around here will miss him.”
Richard was even immortalised in the song Seafood Man by local band Get the Tape.
Wife Jackie, 58, said he loved his job, adding: “He was very chatty and quite enjoyed it, and people, especially students, took him into their hearts. He was so positive and down to earth.”
The couple, had three children together, Sarah, Laura, and Martyn, plus three grandchildren. His funeral was last Thursday.
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