Tribute to be paid to  Ian Haggath

Friends of a British tourist who died in the Algarve on May 15 following an attack in Albufeira, will be holding an event to pay tribute to him while also raising money for a local hospice.

Ian Haggath, 50, from Gateshead in the north east of England, had been staying at the Hotel Janelas do Mar in the Montechoro area of Albufeira when he was attacked and was admitted to hospital but was later pronounced dead on May 25 (see the Algarve Resident edition June 3).

Now his friends and former colleagues from Metroland will be marking his memory with a tribute evening on November 5 at the Dunston Social Club in Gateshead.

Lisa Shaw, one of the organisers of the event who worked with Ian Haggath between 1988 and 1990, told the Algarve Resident: “Ian had a large group of friends and we all met up at his funeral, many of us for the first time in many years.

“We decided that we should have a night together to meet up and chat and one that should be a happy occasion.

“We expect around 200 people to come to the event and we will be raising money for the St Oswalds Hospice at the request of Ian’s family.”

The reunion in honour of Ian will be a 1980s themed fancy dress style party and more than 130 tickets for the event have already been sold. Lisa Shaw added: “Ian was a very good friend, he was a kind man who loved his family dearly and was a friend for life.  He will be very sorely missed.”