Much-loved record shop owner John Little made a final visit to his popular store as the cortege passed by during his funeral.
John, who ran The Other Record Shop, in Errol Street, Hartlepool, died just over two weeks ago aged 65.
Members of the local music scene yesterday gathered outside the shop to pay their respects as John’s funeral cortege made a special detour on the way to Stranton Crematorium.
After the service a get-together was held at Yates’ bar, in Victoria Road, which was the pick-up point for John’s concert coaches, Other Tours, and also his favourite pub.
Tributes poured in after John’s shock passing on Monday, November 2, after falling in the previous weekend and being taken into hospital.
John had ran the shop for 40 years after opening in 1975.
In that time he built up a rapport with a long line of music fans and local bands, promoting their gigs and affording a relaxed place to drop in and catch up.
He began organising coach trips to major concerts all over the country with his sideline The Other Tours since the early 80s.
John’s death was described by former colleagues and customers as the end of an era.
Ian Monaghan, Mail journalist and lead singer of band The White Negroes, said: “It was more than a shop, a place to hang out and see people.
“Anyone in the town who has been into music over the last 40 years in any way has been in that shop.”
Paul Brazill, who worked part-time for John, said he always supported and encouraged people to achieve what they want in life.