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Comedy agent and boxing patron dies

The Argus: Addison Cresswell, with Dave Nutley, Scott Welch, Lloyd Ellett and John Williams. Addison Cresswell, with Dave Nutley, Scott Welch, Lloyd Ellett and John Williams.

A leading comedy agent, boxing patron and charity fundraiser has died unexpect- edly aged 53.

Addison Cresswell, who passed away in the early hours of December 23, went to St Luke’s Primary School, Brighton, and Longhill High School, Rottingdean.

He went on to become one of the biggest players in the comedy industry, representing Jonathan Ross, Lee Evans, Jack Dee, Michael McIntyre and Brighton’s own Sean Walsh.

Mr Cresswell started his career as a student entertainments officer at Brighton Polytechnic, now Brighton University.

Twelve years ago he helped establish the Brighton Comedy Festival and was credited with energising the Basement Club in Grand Parade.

He was also a major charity fundraiser and masterminded the Channel 4 Comedy Gala as well as the Brighton Fringe opening gala.

The comedy agent was also a boxing enthusiast who once ran Hove Boxing Club at the King Alfred Leisure Centre.

Mr Cresswell’s great-great- grandfather was bare-knuckle boxing champion Tom Sayers, born in a former slum area of Brighton in 1826. 

In 2007 Mr Cresswell was reunited with Mr Sayer’s cigar case at auction thanks to an article in The Argus. 

Mr Cresswell was close friends with British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Scott Welch, of Hove.

He was godfather to Welch’s son Tom, super heavyweight number one for Great Britain youth, who tweeted: “I lost my godfather and close family friend last night Addison Cresswell, I’m devastated the memories will never be forgotten. X”

A statement on the website of his company read: “He leaves behind a proud legacy in his tireless charity work, initiating and organising the annual Channel 4 Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

“It was his dearest wish to raise enough to fund the opening of a brand new wing of the hospital, a goal that is now in sight.

“Addison will be fondly remembered by all whose lives he touched as a devoted mentor, a dear friend and an unforgettable character. He will be sorely missed.

“He is survived by his beloved wife, Shelley, his dogs Bonnie and Nessie and many, many pet fish.”

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5:34pm Sat 28 Dec 13

brighton bluenose says...

Knew Addison well back in the day - same class at Falmer in mid-70's, same gig-going fraternity back then (anyone remember The Vitamins on Vaultage '78?!) and spent a bit of time at his mums in QP Road. Our paths diverged massively and not seen him in 30 years but I remember an ebullient guy, full of beans - just shows you've got to live it while you can! RIP.
Knew Addison well back in the day - same class at Falmer in mid-70's, same gig-going fraternity back then (anyone remember The Vitamins on Vaultage '78?!) and spent a bit of time at his mums in QP Road. Our paths diverged massively and not seen him in 30 years but I remember an ebullient guy, full of beans - just shows you've got to live it while you can! RIP. brighton bluenose
  • Score: 12

5:43pm Sat 28 Dec 13

jackthekipper says...

heard this news before christmas,took a long time to filter through to the argus,finger on the pulse and all that,theyve even nicked some of the origional write up.,knew him well ,too young to be taken.
heard this news before christmas,took a long time to filter through to the argus,finger on the pulse and all that,theyve even nicked some of the origional write up.,knew him well ,too young to be taken. jackthekipper
  • Score: 7

6:33pm Sat 28 Dec 13

den2il says...

Old news.
Old news. den2il
  • Score: -10

6:51pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Martha Gunn says...

A larger than life figure who will be sorely missed by many.

Shocking disrespect from Newquest that it took so long to acknowledge his passing.
A larger than life figure who will be sorely missed by many. Shocking disrespect from Newquest that it took so long to acknowledge his passing. Martha Gunn
  • Score: 17

6:59pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Terry K says...

Is this even news? Never heard of him.
Is this even news? Never heard of him. Terry K
  • Score: -26

7:08pm Sat 28 Dec 13

jellybeans2014 says...

Amazed also that it has taken the Argus almost all week to acknowledge this. He was a friend during my teens and early 20's and it was always great to see both Addison and Luke doing so well with their projects across the years. I know they both gave a lot back Charity and various causes across the decades. He did not go to Longhill he went to Falmer High. RIP Addison.
Amazed also that it has taken the Argus almost all week to acknowledge this. He was a friend during my teens and early 20's and it was always great to see both Addison and Luke doing so well with their projects across the years. I know they both gave a lot back Charity and various causes across the decades. He did not go to Longhill he went to Falmer High. RIP Addison. jellybeans2014
  • Score: 10

7:36pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Sid East Brighton says...

He attended Longhill from 1971 - 1976
He attended Longhill from 1971 - 1976 Sid East Brighton
  • Score: 1

7:42pm Sat 28 Dec 13

brighton bluenose says...

Sid East Brighton wrote:
He attended Longhill from 1971 - 1976
My admittedly hazy school memory is 76/77 in 5th and/or 6th form at Falmer - where Luke also attended!
[quote][p][bold]Sid East Brighton[/bold] wrote: He attended Longhill from 1971 - 1976[/p][/quote]My admittedly hazy school memory is 76/77 in 5th and/or 6th form at Falmer - where Luke also attended! brighton bluenose
  • Score: 0

7:49pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Sid East Brighton says...

He may have gone to Falmer from 1976 - 1978 to attended 6th form as Longhill did not have one . Take my word, sat next to the guy in French lessons for 5 years.
He may have gone to Falmer from 1976 - 1978 to attended 6th form as Longhill did not have one . Take my word, sat next to the guy in French lessons for 5 years. Sid East Brighton
  • Score: 5

8:30pm Sat 28 Dec 13

markbuckle says...

Sad news, grew up together at St Luke's and spent many hours at QPR house with Luke and family. Fond memories
Mark Buckle
Sad news, grew up together at St Luke's and spent many hours at QPR house with Luke and family. Fond memories Mark Buckle markbuckle
  • Score: 5

10:09am Sun 29 Dec 13

hey mongo says...

Sad to here a st lukes face dying....hes a bit older than me otherwise i would of beaten him at marbles..
Sad to here a st lukes face dying....hes a bit older than me otherwise i would of beaten him at marbles.. hey mongo
  • Score: 2

7:51pm Sun 29 Dec 13

hubby says...

Went to St Lukes with Addison and Luke.I was sporty,they were arty.Both have done really well and 53 is no age to depart this world.
RIP.
Went to St Lukes with Addison and Luke.I was sporty,they were arty.Both have done really well and 53 is no age to depart this world. RIP. hubby
  • Score: 1

9:30am Mon 30 Dec 13

brightonline says...

A complete cut and paste from the Guardian, no attempt by the Schmargus to give any local view on Addison. One of Addison's teachers when he was at Falmer 6th form was ex-Brighton MP, David Leper, not even any attempt to get a response from him on Addison's sad passing.
A complete cut and paste from the Guardian, no attempt by the Schmargus to give any local view on Addison. One of Addison's teachers when he was at Falmer 6th form was ex-Brighton MP, David Leper, not even any attempt to get a response from him on Addison's sad passing. brightonline
  • Score: 0

11:17am Mon 30 Dec 13

leegibbons says...

They've mentioned that he represented "Brighton’s own Sean Walsh". That's local knowledge. Unfortunately, it's Seann Walsh, not Sean.
They've mentioned that he represented "Brighton’s own Sean Walsh". That's local knowledge. Unfortunately, it's Seann Walsh, not Sean. leegibbons
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