Tributes have been pouring in overnight following the news that Anthony ‘Fred’ Birch has sadly passed away.

Fred was very popular and known by so many people in Hereford for being approachable, friendly and just such a genuine guy. Here are a few of the tributes that have been posted on social media.

Andrew Boucher: “To say I’m devastated at this very sad news is an understatement. A good ol’ mate from school days and we didn’t even go to the same school!! We had some laughs then and in the turquoise and yellow Datsun days with Mass, Bish & Beef to name but a few and in the intervening years and recently of course which I’ll never forget. Always brought a smile to my face. My thoughts are with his son Charlie boy, his sister Dawn, his mum Iris, his dad Tommy and the rest of his family at this very sad time. Love you mate. RIP Anthony ‘Fred’ Birch. You will never be forgotten xx”

Sharon Mann: “Fred Birch was such a good bloke and always smiling and looking happy. RIP Fred.”

Gary Bedford: “A truly amazing man. He would always have a smile on his face. It is a sad day for all that knew him, fly high Fred.”

Scott Owen Morgan: “A nice guy, I used to serve him when I worked at Manhattans and Mamma Jammas. Always polite cracked some good jokes. Drank like a fish and got on with everyone.”

Daniel Bridges: “Fly high Fred, you were such a genuine, nice person. Very sad to hear this news today.”

Beth Fortey: “Uncle Fred, you’re a legend. You made it on here!!”

Hayley Louise: “He was such a lovely man. Also polite and made everyone laugh. Rest in peace Fred.¬†Hereford is crying tonight xxx”

Christine Yeomans: “RIP Fred, you were one in a million and Hereford is mourning one of its best Gentleman.¬†Fly high with the Angels.”