Since the rotten news of Vin Garbutt's death, I have seen countless photos, video clips and verbal tributes. Among them all, what you see above speaks volumes for me since it couples two of the people from English folk that I most treasure, Vin with Kate Rusby.
This is what Kate said at her Facebook page:
So very sad to hear the wonderful Vin Garbutt passed away. What a humble, gentle, talented, hilarious human being. Those of you who didn't see him perform, you missed a proper gem. Here we are with our matching hair, Broadstairs festival 2015. My love to Pat and family. True legend. ❤️Xxxx
With those words Kate completely captured all that I was thinking. Many thanks to her dad, Steve, for consenting to my reproduction of the lovely photo you see above.
Today, Friday June 16 at noon, Vin's funeral takes place at Middlesbrough Cathedral. If my early posting of this article leaves you time to get there, go. I know you will be welcome. I'm 1,000 miles away but will be present in spirit.
Vin was a one-off. Look back over recent days at Salut! Live and you will see how I and others remember him.
But let me share, too, a few of the scores of messages left with Kate at Facebook.
Now, here in France, I shall keep a small promise I made the other day and raise a glass of Guinness in memory of, and to honour, Vin ...
And as Jane says above, rest easy Vin.