Tributes paid to ‘Sunderland Spectre’ Brian Moore

Brian Moore before he set off on his US trip
Brian Moore before he set off on his US trip
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One of Sunderland’s best-known faces has died.

Painter Brian Moore was a familiar figure around the city centre for years.

Brian Moore with the painting he donated to the Adelaide appeal

Brian Moore with the painting he donated to the Adelaide appeal

With his distinctive top hat and tails and silver-topped cane, the 77-year-old became known as the ‘Sunderland Spectre.’

He passed away in Sunderland Royal Hospital this week.

Originally from Yorkshire, Brian had lived in Sunderland for more than 40 years.

The pensioner was a regular fixture on the pub and club circuit around Sunderland and loved nothing more than spending his Saturday nights out and about in the city centre.

Always a gent and a true English eccentric. Rest in peace.

Lee Bryan

“There’s not many people my age who stay out until three in the morning, but I don’t want to stay at home feeling sorry for myself,” he said.

“I like to dress up in a top hat, cravat and frock coat. I always take my hat off to the ladies.

“The girls never say a wrong word and are always really nice. I would like to say thank you to them for being so lovely to me.”

News of Brian’s passing emerged on the Sunderland Antiquarian Society’s Facebook page and people were quick to share their memories of him on-line.

Brian Moore after his return from a trip to the US

Brian Moore after his return from a trip to the US

Amanda Crinson wrote: “Rest in peace. I live in Kuwait now but was born in Sunderland and have happy memories of the Spectre as he went around town,” while Lee Bryan said: “I used to live round the corner to him when I was a kid. Always a gent and a true English eccentric. Rest in peace.” and Valerie Ashdown added: “Even I remember him and I haven’t lived in Sunderland for years. I used to see him in Hills buying his paints and other art stuff.

“So sorry to hear of his passing, but by all accounts he had become a shadow of his former self. So sad to see the demise of one of life’s real characters and a gent.”

Brian Moore talks with artist Grayson Perry.

Brian Moore talks with artist Grayson Perry.