The family of a man whose ashes were fired from a confetti cannon at Creamfields festival say they were “overwhelmed” by the outpouring of love for him.
Stuart Mitchell, 30, of Norwich, took his own life in July, having planned to attend the electronic dance music event at the end of August.
His ashes were released over the crowd by DJ Tiesto, and Stuart’s sister said the family was overjoyed after seeing footage.
Laura Mitchell said family members were “really overwhelmed” after seeing pictures, and described her mum as “overjoyed”.
Cousins Ryan and Liam Millen – no relations to Stuart – bought his tickets when they were readvertised online.
Stuart’s dad sent the Millens an unexpected letter asking for them to spread a little of the late man’s ashes at the festival.
The two lads paid a powerful tribute to the dad-of-one by carrying a banner of him and his three-year-old son through the campsite all weekend.
The message on the banner read: “This last dance is for you mate.”
Ryan managed to wrangle a way of getting the banner onto the main stage, when party organisers offered a fitting tribute for the “quirky” dad.
Tiesto agreed to fire Stuart’s ashes from a confetti cannon into the crowd during his closing act on the Sunday.
Sister Laura Mitchell said: “We’ve seen all the photos and footage from Creamfields and we’re really overwhelmed.
“My mum is overjoyed as she feels his legacy remains and how he was loved even by strangers.
“It’s helping me, too, with my grieving.
“So it’s bitter sweet, obviously Stuart has passed away, but what happened at Creamfields is amazing, celebrating his lifer but also raising awareness for those struggling with their mental health.”
Stuart was a regular at the Liverpool-based festival, which has run since 1998, but he was actually from Norwich.
The Millen cousins later found out that Tiesto’s classic hit Adagio For Strings was also played at the dad-of-one’s funeral.
Since the fantastic tribute, Ryan and Liam have become firm friends with the Mitchell family.
Laura, from Chester, added: “My brother was so funny, with a great sense of humour, really quirky.
“He was so loving, he would give his last 10p to someone who needed it, he was very generous.
tuart Mitchell’s ashes are loaded into confetti cannon at festival
“He donated to homeless charities, and helped out all his friends and family.
“He was just fun, a whizz kid with tech and loved his son very much.”
Ryan set up a GoFundMe to raise money for an online memorial for Stuart.