Plaque to honour popular Big Issue seller Ed Sirani

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Big Issue seller Ed Sirani died last month

A PLAQUE is set to be installed on a seat or bench in New Milton town centre in memory of popular Big Issue seller Ed Sirani following calls for a special tribute.


Residents have been mourning the loss of Ed, a fixture in Station Road for more than a decade who died at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital on 20th September following a period of ill health.

As reported in the A&T, he was remembered for always having a smile and a caring word despite battling his own troubles.

Honoured by the Big Issue charity for his tireless support, he had in recent years been stationed outside McColl’s.

Monday’s virtual meeting of the town council’s amenities committee heard an outside wall of the store was suggested for a commemorative plaque.

Cllr Christine Ward also mooted a pavement plaque outside the store, saying she had seen similar tributes in other places, although chairman Cllr Geoffrey Blunden said this would be a matter for Hampshire County Council’s highways department.

But arguing that wall and floor plaques were usually reserved for “famous or significant people”, Cllr Steve Clarke believed a plaque on a suitable bench or seat would be more appropriate.

This idea was supported by fellow members including Cllrs Valya Schooling and Robert Murrow, and Cllr Blunden said the committee would look into it further.



  1. Chris,
    Losing Ed has been really difficult for us, and due to this movie pandemic which has paralyzed the world I wasn’t able to travel to uk and be next to Ed on his last days alive, we miss him a lot but I know he is in a better place right now, Ed loved people and he would go out of his way to help anyone, the word stranger had no meaning to Ed, reading these articles gives me a certain joy and proud to know how he is being remembered.
    I want to Thank you and everyone else who has put an effort to remember Ed, words can’t describe how much we appreciate all this, thank you thank you thank you.
    And to my brother Ed, we miss u and I’m sorry I wasn’t able to travel to uk to be next to you and support you, how this covid pandemic has paralyzed our lives, Rest In Peace Brother.
    Love you

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