Magical Stratford entrepreneur Dave Matthews dies

Dave Matthews

Stratford entrepreneur Dave Matthews who founded the town’s popular Magic Alley attraction has died following a short illness.

A larger-than-life character who was well known around the town, Dave was also the author of the Chronicles of Wizard’s Thatch book series.

Dave was a big supporter of local businesses and worked hard to promote Stratford to visitors and boost tourism.


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  • furious_steve

    Very sad news. Dave was such a lovely guy and the town is worse off without him

  • wicked messenger

    Sad news….he brought inventive ideas and a dash of colourful creativity to the fading town centre.

  • Justin White

    So sad to hear the passing of a good friend I’ve known for years.
    Many a night I’ve spent at the Creaky cauldron with Dave.
    Dave was the kindest and loveliest man I’ve ever met.
    He had so much time for everybody and people would be captivated when he spoke of the history of the Creaky cauldron and surrounding areas.
    Dave you will be sadly missed by many people.
    My thoughts are with all the family at this sad time.
    RIP my old friend

  • Ali Pryer

    Lost for words. Dave was a wonderful man who would do anything for his friends and was truly one of a kind. I and my husband are immensely proud to have known him .The world seems smaller without him in it . Our condolences to his family and loved ones .

  • Jean and Joe

    Life feels less magical without David

  • Paul

    I work for a hygiene company and I have been calling at Dave’s shop for the last four years .
    I am so shocked by the news of Dave’s death.
    Such a lovely guy so friendly and always smiling and a great laugh .
    I shall miss him .
    Love and condolences to all Dave’s family .