Brighton’s ‘oldest gay man in the village’ is honored by Pride

A BUS company has paid special tribute to the “oldest gay man in the village” who passed away earlier this year.

He had campaigned tirelessly to get an apology from the government for a gross indecency conviction in the 1970s over his sexuality – a campaign that lasted 43 years.

Now, George has been immortalized on an open-topped Brighton and Hove Buses bus at a special unveiling attended by his husband Somchai.

He said: “This is such a wonderful way of honoring George. He loved the Pride parade and people loved seeing him there. Now he can continue to be remembered every year.

“The bus also goes by my house, so now I can look for it every day.”

The Argus: George Montague with husband Somchai at the last Pride march of 2019George Montague with husband Somchai at the last Pride March of 2019

George’s daughter, Paula Farrow, said she was “extremely proud and very grateful” to the bus company for the gesture, in recognition of his long life and many accomplishments.

She said: “Brighton Pride has always been his favorite day of the year and we know he would have been thrilled to be honored in this way.”

The bus bearing his name and a record reading “The Oldest Gay in the Village” will appear at the Pride community parade.

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove Pride said: “George Montague was one of the highlights of our annual LGBTQ+ community parade and always got big cheers wherever he went.

“A tireless campaigner for equality, he has been instrumental in securing legislative changes and government apologies.

“His work has made a huge difference to thousands of people and he will be greatly missed.”

Ed Wills, managing director of Brighton and Hove Buses, said the company was proud to support Brighton and Hove’s LGBTQ+ community by honoring “a local hero”.

He said: “George has been an integral part of the Brighton and Hove Pride march for many years and now he can be a part of it for years to come.”

The tribute to George Montague can be seen on the 919 open top bus. Brighton’s ‘oldest gay man in the village’ is honored by Pride

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