Much-loved Big Issue vendor Ed Sirani will leave a lasting impression on his pitch in New Milton after locals installed a bench and a plaque in his memory.
The touching tribute, which reads: “In loving memory of Eddie. The heart of our community. Never to be forgotten”, was unveiled on July 3 after councillors in the Hampshire town and the local community opted to create a lasting memorial to the vendor.
Ed died last September aged 63 after spending more than a decade selling The Big Issue magazine outside McColl’s in New Milton.
The popular vendor has been “much missed”, New Milton town mayor and chairman of New Milton Town Council Councillor Keith Craze said.
“Ed was a big part of the local community who were so used to seeing him on his pitch in any weather. They really do now miss him not being there,” said Cllr Craze.
“Everyone liked how he was always talkative and cheery all year round irrespective of the time of year or the weather. Even now you walk past the doorway where he would be standing now and you think, ‘Hang on, what’s missing?’