Family of popular Buxton publican Michael McMahon praises community for ‘overwhelming’ support in wake of tragedy

Michael McMahon
Michael McMahon

The family of a well-loved publican who tragically died last month have sent a heart-felt thank you to the Buxton community for the “strength and comfort” they have received.

Michael McMahon, landlord of the Blazing Rag on London Road, was found dead on November 24. He was just 38-years-old.

In the wake of Michael’s passing, his family have issued almighty praise to the Buxton community.

His sister Louise McMahon said: “The support we have had from Michael’s friends, colleagues – and even complete strangers – has been truly overwhelming.

“It almost feels like the strength and comfort from this community has carried us through. Michael loved Buxton and it’s fantastic to see that Buxton loved him too.”

Louise said the family have received hundreds of letters – all of which have been read and will be kept – and more than 1,000 people attended Michael’s funeral this month.

“We’ve even had landlords and club owners in town offering to open up the pub and cover shifts,” said Louise.

“And already people have donated over £1,500 to Michael’s charities.”

Louise added: “We just feel so proud of the kindness in the Buxton community and we are so proud that Michael played such a big part in that community. To every single person, we would all like to say thank you. This town really is amazing.”

The family also sent a special thanks to Ross Tomlinson.

Michael leaves behind mum Pauline, dad Mick, and sisters Louise and Sinead.

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