It's been a bit of a shock, really. When the staff at the Cinema Bookshop took over the business from Leon Morelli, it was all quite exciting. We knew that he was ill, but we thought he'd have time to enjoy his retirement.
Then on the 4th August, he died.
Leon Morelli has been part of the life of Hay for decades - owning several businesses including the Cinema Bookshop, and being the leading light in HADSCA, the Hay and District Sports Association.
There has been talk of hiring a bus from Hay to go down to the funeral next week, but I haven't heard any details yet.