British band Scritti Politti pays tribute to former Norwich City fanzine editor

Members of the Britsh band Scritti Politti have paid their own tribute to a former Norwich City Football Club fanzine editor following his death in Norwich.

Jonathan Day, pictured, known as Jon, used to edit the Y'army fanzine and was found at his home in Norwich on Monday, April 2.

Mr Day, a former Aviva press officer, was an avid Norwich City fan who wrote a column for the Evening News's sister paper, the EDP.

But in addition to football, the 37-year-old, who lived off Oak Street and worked for Swinton Insurance in Rosary Road, also loved his music and was a fan of the band formed by Cardiff-born singer-songwriter Green Gartside in Leeds in 1977.

Mr Day spent much of his time following Scritti Politti, famed for hits like Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin), Absolute and The Word Girl, and became a friend of the band.

His death prompted Scritti Politti to pay tribute to Mr Day following scores of others which have been received in the days since his death.

Rhodri Marsden, a member of the band, who revealed Mr Day was a 'big fan' of Scritti Politti said the band were 'so shocked to hear of his death' and issued the following statement on behalf of Green Gartside, Dicky Moore, Andy Houston and himself.

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It said: 'We were so saddened to hear of Jon's death. He had been coming to our concerts ever since we resumed playing live shows in 2006, and over that time he went from being a regular face in the crowd to a being a close friend of the band. We will miss him very much indeed.'

Mr Day's affection for the band was referred to in another tribute, from Mike Grant, retail merchandising manager at HMV.

He said: 'One of City's larger-than-life characters, always hassling me for Scritti Politti promos and talking to me about music. Loved NCFC. Sad to hear.'

Mr Day's sister, Joanna, has led tributes on behalf of her family which she said was 'so proud' of her brother.

She said her family would like to express its gratitude for the tributes and 'words that have been said about Jonathan' from which they had found 'a lot of comfort'.

Friends and former colleagues have been among those to have already paid their tributes to Mr Day who has been described as a passionate, articulate and intelligent man.

An inquest was opened in Norwich earlier this month into his death. It was adjourned to a date to be fixed. A funeral service is to be held at Bunwell church on Wednesday at 2pm. All who knew Jonathan are welcome. For more details contact RJ Bartram and Son Funeral Services at Wymondham.

If you would like to pay tribute to a loved one call Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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