Grange Hill star George Armstrong's family is appealing for a new home for his beloved rescue dog, Eddy. The actor, best known for his role as Alan Humphries in the children's TV drama, passed away last year at the age of 60 after a long battle with leukemia.
Armstrong left his entire fortune of £330,000 to his young nephews, George and Zachary, to be received when they turn 21. As part of this inheritance, Armstrong's possessions, including his dogs, were to be distributed by his brother, Adam, and sister-in-law, Kerris.
However, just a week before Armstrong's funeral, Adam called for someone with a "George sized heart" to provide a loving home for 6-year-old rescue dog Eddy. He emphasized that he would not let Eddy go anywhere that he wouldn't be loved as much as possible, highlighting the strong bond between the actor and his loyal companion.
Armstrong's brother described their relationship as going beyond the typical sibling connection and stated that the actor would have wanted him to focus on celebrating his life rather than drowning in sorrow. He revealed that Eddy had played a significant role in Armstrong's life, symbolizing their mutual rescue and loyalty.
Grange Hill, a popular children's television drama series that tackled important issues such as bullying, racism, and drugs, marked Armstrong's breakthrough in the acting industry. Following his time on the show, he continued pursuing acting opportunities and later became a Technical Theatre Manager at a public school.
Tributes from Armstrong's co-stars poured in following his untimely passing. Lee MacDonald, who played Zammo on Grange Hill, paid his respects on Twitter, noting Armstrong's contribution as a true legend of the show. Todd Carty, another co-star, expressed his sorrow and praised Armstrong's kindness, humility, and loyalty.
Linda Magistris, founder of the bereavement charity the Good Grief Trust and Armstrong's childhood friend, shared an emotional tribute, expressing her deep sadness and reminiscing about their almost 50-year-long friendship.
As the search for a deserving home for Eddy continues, the memory of George Armstrong and his impact on the entertainment industry and those around him will forever remain.