‘Will was a rarity in music’ - video footage sought of musician who died at Norwich bus station

Will Croft

Will Croft - Credit: Archant

An appeal is launched today to find videos and recordings of a musician who died after a fall at the city's bus station.

William Croft, 30, of Sprowston Road, who died after falling at the city's bus station.

William Croft, 30, of Sprowston Road, who died after falling at the city's bus station. - Credit: Archant

William Croft, 30, of Sprowston Road, Norwich, was a drummer for jazz, funk and ska band Discharge Lounge.

He died on January 10 despite ambulance crews' attempts to resuscitate him.

His band is now asking for people to get in touch as they plan to set up a website as an archive of Mr Croft's music, to commemorate his life.

Friend and band member Jacob Solstice said: 'He had a beautiful voice and sang jazz professionally, as well as having a commanding rock voice which he combined with expert guitar playing in Rammerator and the Future of Music.'

William Croft, 30, of Sprowston Road, who died after falling at the city's bus station.

William Croft, 30, of Sprowston Road, who died after falling at the city's bus station. - Credit: Archant

Anyone who has any recordings, photos or videos of Mr Croft in action can contact Mr Solstice by emailing jacob.solstice@gmail.com

Meanwhile another close friend has paid tribute to Mr Croft, describing him as 'a true musical being who drew everyone's attention with even the simplest notes and an infectious smile'.

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Dan Hawcroft, who runs the Owl Sanctuary pub which faces closure at the end of this month, knew Mr Croft for 10 years, ever since Mr Hawcroft moved to Norwich. 'Will pretty much lived on my sofa for many of those years,' he said.

'Waking up to him in the front room writing songs or just singing his favourites was truly a blessing that you only really value when it's gone.

'Will was a rarity in music, he didn't just like one genre, one artist, or one instrument, he simply loved all music in its purest form.

'Along with his musical brother Daniel Buckland he had the love and admiration of everyone in the local music scene, and he will be missed more than he will ever know.

'Our thoughts go out to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing

Will over the years and specifically to his partner Sarah and his darling daughter Coco.'

Do you want to pay tribute to Mr Croft? Email nicholas.carding@archant.co.uk