Update: New pictures and tribute to Aylsham man James ‘Smitty’ Smith

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Monday, February 3, 2014
5:38 PM

New pictures have emerged with a moving tribute to Aylsham man James ‘Smitty’ Smith who died on Saturday.

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James "Smitty" Smith in action on the music decks.James "Smitty" Smith in action on the music decks.

Mr Smith has been portrayed on the Facebook social media site as a music-loving BMX fan who loved to party and always had a smile on his face.

He would have been 27 this coming Wednesday.

Kath Jackson, of Happisburgh, said: “Smitty was a funny, lovable rogue to me, my husband was a good friend of his, and he used to come and stay at ours. “He would play on the decks at our BBQs and loved my old-school garage cds which I’ve had for years. He would politely ask for tea or coffee or food and once he smiled that sweet smile of his we were putty in his hands. “He was a big cuddly honey bear and we loved him to bits. He used to say ‘alright, darlin’ when he arrived, I’ll miss him so much.”

Tributes continue to pour in on his Facebook page and a new site R.I.P James ‘Smitty’ Smith 1987-2014, created by a friend who said: “May your name live on and the memories that people have of you on this page and anywhere else. You were am inspiration to us all much love may you look over us all.”

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Police were called to a semi-detached house in the quiet suburban cul-de-sac of John of Gaunt Close at about 4.40pm on Saturday.

The call was made by paramedics after the body of a man was found inside.

A police statement said detectives were investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death which was being treated as unexplained.

A 29-year-old man was arrested but later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

John Of Gaunt Close, Aylsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYJohn Of Gaunt Close, Aylsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Mr Smith, a former Aylsham High School pupil, was well-known in the area for his involvement in the local music and skateboarding/BMX scene.

Actress and human and animal rights advocate Melita Morgan, whose sons grew up with James said: “He was a real talent for drum and bass and music mixing.

“He and my son Dominic used to do music events at skatepark events to help raise money.

“I loved his cheeky grin, but he was always very thoughtful and asked how you were - which is unusual for someone his age,” added Ms Morgan who now lives at Mulbarton.

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Her 15-year-old daughter Angel added: “Smitty was that kind of guy who put a smile on everyone’s face and made people laugh. His heart was a mile wide with a smile to match. Rave in Peace.”

Tributes on Mr Smith’s Facebook page, Smitty Reaktiv, include:

“Had a smile for everyone. God bless mate” - Dawn Lake

“Can remember u from your first days of partying Bruv, u will be sadly missed by so many” - Carl Hammond

“James u taught me to ride bmx and for that ull allways be with me riding bmx down the field. U were a true...legend” - Harry Campbell

“Can’t believe it!! R.I.P bro!! You keep banging out that baseline up there mate!!!” - Carl Cobbett

“You were a good ol boy with the cheekiest laugh.. taken from us far too soon” - Jodie Ann

“Big respect smitty, Another sound person gone before their time. R.i.p mate catch u on the flip side x” - Dray Mears

Yesterday neighbours said they were unaware of the incident on Saturday afternoon and evening, until they saw some police cars later as there were no sirens.

One said the house was lived in by a young man whose parents had moved abroad but still owned the property.

■ Did you know James Smith and would like to pay tribute. Email richard.batson@archant.co.uk

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