Tributes pour in for beloved busker Paddy Delaney, 86

Paddy the accordion man (pictured around 1989)
Paddy the accordion man (pictured around 1989)
  • Paddy was known as The Accordion Man of St Albans
  • Calls for a statue in his honour
  • Granddaughter set to take on charity challenge in his memory

Tributes have poured in for a Hemel man who for decades entertained people in a market town with his accordion music.

Paddy Delaney, 86, was colloquially known as the ‘Accordion Man of St Albans’ and travelled from his home to perform quirky tunes for residents in a busking style.

Well-known for his stripey jersey and beret, Mr Delaney’s death on March 31, has attracted hundreds of tributes on Facebook, with some even suggesting that a statue be erected in his honour.

Reader Gareth Batchelor said: “Many happy memories of when I was younger. He always recognised me, always had a chat and always played me a song or nursery rhyme.”

Speaking on a Facebook group in his memory, granddaughter Ellie Thompson, said: “Thank you for all your support surrounding the death of my grandfather Paddy Delaney.

“All your messages have meant so much to us all. My grandmother wanted you all to know that ‘anything anyone does to show respect for Paddy is acceptable’.

Thank you all for your support

Ellie Thompson

“However, flowers aren’t necessary. Paddy died whilst in the Hospice of St Francis and any donations you wish to give, we would love them to go there.”

And another granddaughter Becks Thompson will complete a charity challenge later this month in memory of the man she called ‘Granpad.’

She said: “I’m running the Tough Guy half marathon on the April 26 in memory of my lovely Granpad, Paddy Delaney. I would be so appreciative if you could have a look at my JustGiving page, and donate to the Hospice of St Francis if you can, so that they can continue to help families like ours in their times of need.”

Mr Delaney’s funeral will be held on April 25 at 10.30am in St Mary and St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Boxmoor.

All are welcome to attend.

To sponsor Miss Thompson in her memorial challenge visit