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Call to celebrate the life of Gary

Tributes have been paid to guitar legend Gary Moore after his sudden death in the Costa Del Sol from a heart attack on Sunday.

Progressive Unionist Party leader Brian Ervine has called for a book of condolences to be opened at City Hall. He said: “This city has produced many great singers and guitarists and Gary was one of the best. Our city should be proud to have produced such a talent and we should be doing more to celebrate his life and achievements.”

Moore, who lived in the Bloomfield area, learnt to play the guitar at the age of eight, mastering the right-handed instrument despite the fact he was left-handed.

He achieved fame with Thin Lizzy but his reputation grew further as a solo artist and he played alongside Bob Dylan and BB King, among others.

DUP MLA Robin Newton said he had learnt “with a heavy heart of the passing of another east Belfast legend.

“However, the memory of Gary Moore will live long in the hearts of his fans and his legacy within the rock industry will be preserved forever. I wish to pass on my condolences to his family, friends and his legion of fans at this sad time.”

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