When a drug­gie tried to run off with my mum’s ashes I thought... there but for the grace of God

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY RICHARD BAR­BER

MAD­NESS STAR SUGGS TAKES

Life on which my mother was in­tro­duced by her maiden name, Edith Gower.

“Julie recog­nised the name and spot­ted the re­sem­blance. She got in touch, five years ago. Mum flew to Dublin to meet Julie and, when she came back, she was dif­fer­ent.

“Her shoul­ders had dropped. It was as if she’d car­ried a ten­sion in­side her ev­ery day since she’d been forced to part with her daugh­ter. An in­nate sad­ness in­stantly dis­ap­peared.”

The pain of los­ing his mum has been bal­anced by daugh­ter Viva hav­ing twins Buster and Birdie in July.

CIR­CLE

The singer said: “Talk about the cir­cle of life. They’re liv­ing with us at the mo­ment. They’re great but bloody hard work.”

Suggs wed his beloved Anne – known pro­fes­sion­ally as Bette Bright, singer with the band Deaf School – when he was 21. They also have an el­der daugh­ter, Scar­lett, who mar­ried in the sum­mer.

These days, 57-year-old Suggs is some­thing of a na­tional trea­sure, even after sev­eral bans from Top of the Pops and tak­ing a swipe at Queen gui­tarist Brian May’s hair.

Suggs said: “It trig­gered a tsunami of an­gry tweets. Days later, Anne said I’d had a let­ter from the Queen. I said: ‘What? They’ve got lawyers on me?’ ‘No,’ she said, ‘Not Queen. Queen.’ It was an in­vi­ta­tion to the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee con­cert at the Palace.” As it would turn out, Mad­ness

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