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10 October 2020 12:40

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The musician Paul Heaton has been praised after the final editor of Q magazine revealed the singer's "amazingly kind" gesture to staff after the music publication closed. Ted Kessler said Heaton, known for his work with the Housemartins and the Beautiful South, donated a "large sum" which was shared between more than 40 workers. "It really was the most amazingly kind, selfless, generous act," Kessler tweeted. "For some, it meant a bill could be paid." The staff of Q, which closed in July because of the financial strain brought by the coronavirus pandemic, commissioned a final award for Heaton as thanks. It was inscribed "Paul Heaton: Q's all-time Classic Songwriter.

Heaton, 58, shared a video message and said the donation "was just meant to make sure people weren't left on their arse". He praised the magazine and said he was "upset" at its closure. "I wish everybody the best," he added. Kessler shared the story on Twitter posting: "We had the Roundhouse booked for two nights for the Q awards next week. "The only award we knew for sure was to Paul Heaton, as we'd heard he'd never won one.

Kessler said a few days after Q closed, Heaton got in touch and said as a thank you for all the support the magazine had given him, he was going to donate a large sum. The editor said he "politely declined" but Heaton was insistent. Kessler added: "I accepted the donation and shared it among over 40 staff and freelancers working for Q at the time, all of whose minds – like mine – were blown. "We got him that award in the end. In March, Heaton and his former Beautiful South bandmate Jacqui Abbott announced a free concert for NHS workers but the performance has been postponed because of the pandemic.

Pictured – a legend (Picture: Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images) If Paul Heaton's status as a national treasure wasn't concrete by now, this incredible act of kindness has done the trick. The Beautiful South and Housemartins star has been honoured as the last ever recipient of the Q Award, being called 'Britain's greatest living pop star' by the folded magazine. And the decision to give him the 'Q's all-time classic songwriter' award was made even easier after Heaton made a beautiful gesture to the staff of the magazine, after it was announced earlier this year that the music mag was closing after 34 years. Former editor Ted Kessler told of Heaton's generosity in a Twitter thread, explaining the 58-year-old's reaction to winning the award. Kessler wrote: 'We had the Roundhouse booked for two nights for the Q Awards next week. 'The only award we knew for sure was to Paul Heaton, as we'd heard he'd never won one. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video 'Then, a few days after Q closed, we got a message from him saying that to thank Q for all the support we'd given him over 35 years, he was going to donate a large sum to thank us in our turmoil. 'He was insistent. 'We got him that award in the end. Kessler then shared a picture of the award, featuring a plaque reading: 'Paul Heaton, Q's all-time classic songwriter. Thank you for everything.' Fans and journalists praised the Caravan Of Love singer for his generosity, and shared their own stories about Heaton – including remembering the star offering up his back catalogue for nationalisation, so that royalties would go back into the public purse. We had the Roundhouse booked for two nights for the Q Awards next week. We didn’t have talent sorted when we had to Covid cancel in April, but Nadine Shah was presenting and the two gigs were Liam Gallagher one night, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott the other. — Ted Kessler (@TedKessler1) October 9, 2020 And Ally Fogg tweeted: 'I see Paul Heaton trending just for being a nice guy. I'm not sure if this is public knowledge yet, so apologies if I embarrass him, but ~10 years ago the transmitter died at our local community radio station, ALLFM & we couldn't afford to replace it. Paul quietly wrote a cheque.' As Heaton trended on Twitter, he filmed a short video thanking Ted and Q for the award, saying: 'I just wanted to thank you very much for my award. You didn't have to do that, it's ever so kind if you.' Explaining his donation to the magazine, the Happy Hour singer said: 'It was just meant, as I said in the emails, to make sure that people weren't left on their a**e. And I know you yourself Ted would have been incredibly upset at it closing and upset for your staff. Advertisement The star added that Q had never been 'nasty', saying: 'It would be critical, sarcastic, funny, but never really tore into bands, particularly pop bands like myself. At the basis of Q was that they were music fans, and it upset me too when it was announced that it was closing.' Heaton finished his video by sharing that his award would be kept in his daughter's room among his lyrics books and a few teddy bears. The married father-of-three has been one of Britain's most beloved songwriters since the mid-80s when he formed the Housemartins, who produced hits including Caravan Of Love and Happy Hour. Heaton went on to form The Beautiful South in 1989, who released classics, including Don't Marry Her, Rotterdam and Perfect 10, and has released four solo albums and four albums with Beautiful South collaborator Jacqui Abbott. MORE: Dr Hilary Jones 'humbled' as he's awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours MORE: Strictly Come Dancing 2020: Nicola Adams teases her biggest rival in dancing competition Paul Heaton is the last ever recipient of the Q Award. Paul Heaton with his Q Award The music magazine, Q, was forced to cease printing in July due to the coronavirus pandemic, with plans for their annual award show to take place next week. And whilst there will now be no award show, the magazine's former editor Ted Kessler has confirmed the Beautiful South star will be honoured. Explaining their decision, Ted wrote on Twitter: "We had the Roundhouse booked for two nights for the Q Awards next week. We didn't have talent sorted when we had to Covid cancel in April, but Nadine Shah was presenting and the two gigs were Liam Gallagher one night, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott the other. The only award we knew for sure was to Paul Heaton, as we'd heard he'd never won one. Think of all the brilliant songs he's written for The Housemartins, Beautiful South etc. Millions of records sold. No Q award (or Brit) for his songwriting. So we knew he'd be Classic Songwriter. Then, a few days after Q closed, we got a message from him saying that to thank Q for all the support we'd given him over 35 years, he was going to donate a large sum to thank us in our turmoil. "Obviously, I politely declined. He was insistent. I accepted the donation and shared it amongst over 40 staff and freelancers working for Q at the time, all of whose minds - like mine - were blown. It really was the most amazingly kind, selfless, generous act. For some, it meant a bill could be paid. We got him that award in the end. Britain's greatest living pop star. A true legend. (sic)" And Paul took to Twitter to thank Q for handing him the award. He said in a video message: "Thank you very much for my award. You didn't have to do that, it's ever so kind of you... "It was just meant as I said in an email to make sure people weren't left on their a**. Thank you again and it looks good up there. All the best."