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Shrine to George Michael continues to grow in Highgate village

Camden. Council says the memorial is still contained on private property

20 January, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

A MOUNTAIN of tributes to George Michael just keeps growing with fans from around the world continuing to head to the late singer’s Highgate home to leave flowers, cards, messages and Wham! memorabilia.

The size of the giant shrine has led to new calls for a permanent memorial in the village. Mr Michael, 53, died on Christmas Day and the global-selling popstar’s home has become a shrine for people to share their grief.

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Flowers, Cypriot flags, candles, and messages are placed daily at the house in The Grove. The singer’s Range Rover has had messages scrawled over it in lipstick and hand-made posters adorn railings.

A Camden Council spokesman told the New Journal the sprawling memorial was on private property, and added: “The removal of any tributes is undertaken sensitively after speaking to the family. No discussions have taken place yet.”

It is believed Mr Michael’s final resting place could be Highgate Cemetery. Meanwhile, a petition to have a permanent statue erected outside his home has reached more than 3,500 signatures. The Town Hall added that they would offer guidance to anyone seeking to build a permanent memorial.

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