FRIENDS and family have been paying tribute to a popular town centre worker after the 22-year-old died suddenly last week.
Sammie Parsons was well known across the town and will be remembered most for his eight years working at Auto Parts in the High Street.
Since hearing the news, locals have flooded into the shop to offer their condolences and pay tribute to the young man they held in such esteem.
A line of sympathy cards now spans the aisle of the shop, with more than 50 received so far.
Sammie’s father Tim Parsons, who owns the shop, said this week: “He was a brilliant son who always thought with his heart.
“Yes, he could be a little mischievous but he was always friendly, and I think people will remember him for going out and fixing their cars.
“I think what they liked the most was that he often went out to do a job but would carry on doing it in his spare time.”
Sammie had health problems throughout his life and died after a blood clot, which had formed in his leg, moved up through his body and affected his lungs.
His father said: “Sammie has always had a problem with his legs and had lots of operations when he was a little boy.
“He was due to go back into hospital in February to get it sorted out but sadly the clot went to his lungs.”
Sammie’s troubles had not stopped him becoming a popular member of the community and he was often seen socialising in local pubs.
Tim said: “Most of the pubs will know him, he used to enjoy going there in the evenings.
“We often finished work and then headed down to a pub for a beer.”