Tributes paid to Plymouth street performer 'Bucket man'

Travis Linton Galleymore died earlier this month in London

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The family of Plymouth street performer known as “Bucketman” has paid tribute to him following his death.

Travis Linton Galleymore was described by his family as a “loving brother” and “hardworking man” after he died in London on 4 August, the Plymouth Herald has said.

Mr Linton Galleymore, 32, first came to the UK in 2009 and struggled to make ends meet after selling the Big Issue and working cash in hand jobs.

He would do a headstand in a steel bucket for hours at a time in the city centre.

In December, Mr Linton Galleymore told the Plymouth Herald he found it “difficult to explain” the act as he had “no alternative” when he first arrived.

He said: “When I first came here I sold the Big Issue for a while, then I had a job getting cash in hand, then I had a problem with my visa, so I decided to put my head in a bucket.

"If I was selling the Big Issue standing on my feet, maybe people wouldn't really care. I'm just upside down."

His brother told the newspaper: "He was the Bucket Man and a loving brother and very good man that was not only hard working, but a well-educated South African-born human being.

“But he struggled to find a good employer in the city of Plymouth where he felt most at home.”

His family, who live in Australia, will be attending a service for him in London before taking his ashes home.

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