Memorial to popular Hove greengrocer to be unveiled

Posted On 21 Jun 2011 at 7:03 pm

A memorial to a much-loved Hove shopkeeper will be unveiled on Saturday (25 June) at 2pm.

An olive tree in a planter with a plaque dedicated to the memory of greengrocer Tony Magdi has been paid for by donations from friends and customers.

Dozens of children are expected to attend in fruit and veg fancy dress costumes when the memorial is unveiled at the junction of Portland Road and Westbourne Gardens.

The best costumes will be rewarded with prizes.

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove Councillor Anne Meadows will handle the formalities which follow months of fundraising and behind the scenes work by traders, residents and councillors.

The planter was designed by local artist Lez Ingham and the planter is being built by local trader Paul Soden.

The plaque has been provided by Tony’s close friends George Jeha and Liz Collis, from Canada.

Mr Jeha was visiting Mr Magdi as they prepared to go on holiday when Mr Magdi was punched unconscious by a cyclist last November.

Mr Magdi, 52, was knocked out after a single punch just across the road from the memorial which will sit outside his old shop and his home.

He died three weeks later.

His killer, Paul Lambeth, 36, of Stafford Road, Brighton, was jailed for 18 months at Hove Crown Court earlier this month.

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