Hundreds of people flocked to Penkhull today for the funeral of well-loved DJ Jackson Cummings.
The 41-year-old tragically fell to his death from the Midway car park in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 15 January after a long battle with mental health.
Today, family and friends gathered at St Thomas’ Church, Penkhull for a tribute-filled ceremony where stories of Jackson’s fun and mischievous character were told.
Attendees heard how Jackson had suffered from anxiety and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) from a young age and had many ‘ups and downs’ throughout his life.
Jackson’s former colleague, James Priest, said: “He was loved by so many of us for so many different reasons.
“We loved going to the pub for a beer on a Thursday, and he brightened up the office with his warm smile.”
James had everyone in the church laughing at how the company has named a radiator in the new work offices after Jackson, since it was his favourite spot to tell stories.
He described Jackson as, “eccentric, funny, intelligent, caring, with a wild sense of humour. He was always game for a giggle and left a mark on everyone he met.”
Many of the hundreds of attendees were wearing t-shirts which are being sold to raise money for North Staffordshire MIND and include Jackson’s favourite slogan; “Be excellent to each other”. So far, over £800 has been raised. Jackson’s family are also encouraging people to donate to CALM.
There were also a large number of people dressed on colourful clothing, at the request of Jackson’s family.
Following the service, everyone was invited to the crematorium before eventually heading to Longton Rugby Club for the wake.