Tribute evening and balloon release to be held in memory of popular Norwich man DJ Craggle

Craig Johnson (right) with his little brother Tom. Picture submitted by Deb Banham.

Craig Johnson (right) with his little brother Tom. Picture submitted by Deb Banham. - Credit: Archant

A special tribute evening for a much-loved Norwich DJ has been organised for this weekend, ahead of his funeral next month.

A balloon release has been organised in Norwich to give people the opportunity to say their goodbyes to Craig Johnson - fondly known as DJ Craggle - who was found dead at his home by police on February 1.

The event has been put together by DJ and friend to Craig, Jezza King.

'We really hope you'll all join us in paying tribute to Craggie,' he said.

'I will have 60 balloons with me if anyone needs one and if you wish to bring you own balloons please make sure they are biodegradable. I'll have a couple of Sharpie pens with me too so you can write messages on the balloons if you wish.'

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The balloon release is taking place this Sunday, February 19.

People are being asked to meet at 7.30pm outside Qube on Prince of Wales Road to help prepare the balloons. The helium has been donated by Qube.

The balloons will then be released at 8.30pm from the triangle area outside the Loft nightclub on Rose Lane, followed by drinks and a short slide show and video tribute to the 24-year-old at Stadia on Upper King Street at 9pm.

Family and friends are also invited to Craig's funeral which will take place on March 3 at GreenAcres, Colney Wood, near Norwich. The service starts at 2pm.

This will be followed by a get-together at the Castle Pub, on Spitalfields, in Norwich city centre, where refreshments will be available.

- Donations can be made via funeral director Ivan Fisher. Donations will go to Mind, the mental health charity, and can be made by visiting the website

- There is also a Just Giving page which has been set up in Craig's memory. It was set up to raise funds for local mental health charities in order to support other young people. A total of £315 - that's 15pc of the current £2,000 target - has been raised. You can donate at

- Join the 'Remembering Craig Johnson' on Facebook for the latest information on this event.

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