Customers inked with favourite design of popular Rushden tattoo artist who died suddenly

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The friends, family and customers of a tattoo artist who died suddenly paid a fitting tribute to him by having his favourite design tattooed on them to raise money for charity.

Following the death of Steve Williams, from High Street Tattoos in Rushden, staff at the shop wanted to do something to honour his memory.

They invited people to be tattoed with Mr Williams’ favourite design, a traditional swallow, with donations going to the British Heart Foundation.

Lots of customers responded to the idea and helped to raise £1,325 for the charity.

Customers across the area were shocked to hear about the death of Mr Williams, with dozens of messages left on the shop’s Facebook page, including:

Amanda Thomas: “Such a lovely guy, always made us laugh on our visits.”

Dawn Mayston: “Terrible news. A funny, cheeky chap, always smiling and waving. RIP Steve and thoughts and condolences to your family.”

Jo Kirsty: “Shocking, such sad news. Steve was such great fun to be around, so very sad. Thoughts with his friends and family.”

Nicky Halliday: “Such a good bloke, always had a smile on his face. RIP Steve you will be missed x.”