Dad’s ashes were shot into the audience by a confetti cannon during the Creamfields festival.
FRIENDS of a terrible father were overjoyed when his ashes were shot out of a confetti cannon at Creamfields.
Stuart Mitchell, 30, had planned to spend the Bank Holiday weekend with friends at a music festival, but he committed suicide in July. At the event’s climax, however, his remains were blasted into the sky as up to 70,000 ravers danced away.
My heart really skipped a beat when Stuart’s ashes were fired out; I was speechless and beside myself.
Stuart’s cousins Ryan and Liam Millen arranged for a banner to be made featuring a photograph of the father-of-one holding his three-year-old son Oliver and the words “This last dance is for you pal.”
And Ryan, 34, held the banner all weekend at the Cheshire event before getting it onto the main stage for headliner Tiesto to fire the confetti cannon at them.
“My heart really skipped a beat when Stuart’s ashes were fired out; I was speechless and beside myself,” Ryan told the Liverpool Echo.
“What happened has knocked me off my feet.
“It was an honor to be able to pay tribute to him in this way.”
Tiesto, 52, is a Grammy Award-winning Dutch DJ who is known for remixing musical hits such as John Legend’s All of Me.
Stuart’s funeral featured the DJ’s rendition of Adagio For Strings.
Stuart was a passionate music fan who had already purchased his festival tickets.
“I would be most thankful if you could disperse them someplace at Creamfields, so that he genuinely went there one final time,” Stuart’s father wrote in a note to Ryan and his buddies.
“Words cannot express our gratitude to his family for allowing us, to everyone who listened to his story and took pictures with the banner, and most importantly to the Creamfields production team for going above and beyond to accommodate us and go out of their way to allow us to honor his memory in such a fitting way,” Ryan, who hails from Knowsley in Merseyside, added.
“Stuart Mitchell, we are honored to have been given the opportunity to assist you in completing your journey with us.
“You will be a part of one of your favorite places for the rest of your life.
“You’ll always have a piece of yourself with Creamfields.”