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Pop singer Paul Young pays funeral tribute to his biggest fan
2:40pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A POP star attended the funeral of a Weymouth cafe owner described as his biggest fan.
Sandy Hawkins, who ran the Cactus Tea Rooms and Bistro on the seafront, died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour four months ago.
Paul Young, of band Los Pacaminos, paid a special tribute at Mrs Hawkins’ funeral in Corscombe, west Dorset.
The frontman and guitarist officially opened the tea rooms in 2009 after playing a gig at the Lazy Lizard and Mrs Hawkins covered the walls with the band’s memorabilia, and even named cakes after band members.
Mr Young said: “She was the fan that any singer would want. We wanted to attend and made sure we could be here today.
“She welcomed us into her family every time we came anywhere close to Dorset, and made us special cakes.
“We loved her as a fan and she was our friend.”
He added: “The number of people here today at the funeral shows what a very special person she was. We will miss her.”
Around 150 people attended the funeral dressed at Mrs Hawkins’s request in all the colours of the rainbow.
Donations were also given in aid of Clic Sergent and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Mrs Hawkins ran the Cactus Tea Rooms with husband Pete and daughter Zoe.
Mr Young, who attended the service with bandmate Jamie Moses, added: “Pete and Zoe are in our thoughts and we will be spending some time with them after the service.”
• SANDY Hawkins was a fan of Paul Young from his early pop days in the 1980s and followed his career as he formed the Tex Mex influenced band Los Pacaminos.
She was also a founding member of the fan group Los Paca Minxes and tempted Paul back to the resort on a number of occasions with her special chilli-flavoured cake.
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