Gary Moore fan in grave plea
A Gary Moore fan has called for more care to be taken of the guitarist’s grave, saying it looked “neglected” when she went to pay tribute.
Moore, who was 58, died suddenly of a heart attack in February last year while on holiday in Spain. He was later buried in Saltdean, Sussex, near his UK home – but a headstone has yet to be placed over his resting place.
The only current evidence of his presence is a wooden cross inscribed “Gary Moore 1952 − 2011″ and a small number of mementoes left by fans.
Irene Campbell of nearby Peacehaven tells the Belfast Telegraph: “I went to look for Gary’s grave at the parish church. It took me ages to find.
“Having been to Paris recently and cisitied Jim Morrison’s grave, I was expecting some sort of original memorial – maybe a guitar in stone.
“Just as I was giving up I found it tucked away against a back wall with no obvious markings. The grave was not delineated or looked after – there were lots of fallen leaves not swept up. I was really disappointed. I thought it looked neglected.”
But a spokesman for Moore’s family says a permanent memorial will be installed as soon as the ground is ready, explaining: “A headstone is currently being made. It does take some time for the ground, following a burial, to settle and be able to support a headstone or memorial piece.
“The continuing wet weather has added to the time the ground is taking to settle.”