The wife of a popular musician who died suddenly just before Christmas has thanked the Chorley community for its ‘overwhelming love and support’.

Pete Haseldon, 55, known affectionately to shoppers as ‘Busker Pete’ died minutes after performing in his usual town centre spot on Saturday, December 22.

He often played his acoustic guitar on Chapel Street in front of Claire’s Accessories.

He lived in Euxton and leaves wife Rachel and sons Joe, 16, and 12-year-old Dan.

Mrs Haseldon, 46, said: “The amount of love, respect and generosity of spirit that has been shown to our family by hundreds of people since Peter died has been incredible.

“It’s been a terrible time for our family but the support we have received from so many people has been of great comfort to me and my sons.

“To see the dozens of floral tributes in the town centre to Peter made me very emotional. It showed how many people will miss him.

“Many town centre businesses have been a great help and people worked during their Christmas break to organise the funeral, which was very much appreciated.”

Around 400 people attended Mr Haseldon’s funeral at Chorley’s United Reformed Church, with the building full, dozens assembled in the church hall with the service relayed by audio.

A celebration of Mr Haseldon’s life took place later at St Mary’s Social Club with many musicians taking to the stage to perform, including some who sang some of his original compositions.

A tribute memorial concert is also being organised at a date yet to be arranged.