Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Tributes paid to celebrity guru with a ‘zest for life’

Colin Angus with Alex Best. The former wife of football star George Best said the death of her friend was a tragedy
Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 13/12/2008..Picture by Justin Kernoghan..Promotions and celebrity agent Colin Angus pictured with Alex Best, one of his celebrity clients. Colin died in a road accident in north Down this morning...Mr Angus, who was 40 and from Donaghadee, was driving a sports car which left the Craigantlet Road close to Cairnwood forest park...No other vehicle was involved in the accident, which happened shortly after 4.00 on Saturday morning...Mr Angus's clients included actor Patrick Mower, as well as several Northern Ireland broadcasters...He also ran a number of small businesses, including a cafe in Groomsport he had just opened recently.

Tributes have been paid to celebrity agent Colin Angus who died in a road accident at the weekend.

Mr Angus, 40, from Donaghadee, was killed when his silver Mazda MX5 car left the road close to Cairnwood Forest on the Craigantlet Road in Newtownards shortly after 4am on Saturday morning.

Mr Angus was a well-known businessman, charity worker and celebrity agent, who counted Alex Best and Lynda Bryans among his clients.

The popular Donaghadee businessman ran the Colin Angus Promotion Agency, which described itself as a one-stop shop for anyone seeking local celebrities and models for their events, from fashion shoots to television work.

Last month he opened his latest business venture, a coffee and gift shop The Red Door Cafe in Groomsport with new business partner, Ms Bryans.

He was also the founder of the Aids 2000 charity that raised thousands to help those who had been affected by HIV and Aids.

Alex Best, ex-wife of the late George Best and a patron of Aids 2000, said: “Colin was a close friend and his death is a tragedy to everyone who knew him.

“Colin did a wonderful job for the Aids charity of which I am privileged to be a patron.”

BBC sports presenter Denise Watson had also been very close to Mr Angus through the charity of which she was secretary.

“This has come as a complete shock to everyone,” she said on Saturday.

“I was only talking to Colin last night and was making plans to see him before Christmas — it's hard to believe that he is gone. Colin was always so happy and had such a zest for life and that's how he would have wanted to be remembered.”

North Down councillor Peter Weir said: “Many people in North Down will have been deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss in a road accident of local man Colin Angus.

“His contribution to local business and charity work will leave a gaping hole that will be impossible to fill. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, particularly his parents. To lose a son at any time is a tragedy, but to lose someone so close to Christmas is a double blow.”

The Craigantlet Road has seen a number of fatal accidents in recent years. In 2005 Michelin-starred chef Robbie Millar, died in an early-morning crash on it.

In a joint statement Councillors Alex Easton and Jonathan Bell said the death had “caused a deep sadness” locally.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family circle. This road has had a number of fatalities and we will review road safety with the Roads Service.”

Mr Angus’ family appealed for local media to respect their privacy during this difficult time.

Police have also appealed for anyone with information about the accident to contact them on 0800 555111.

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