Launch of memorial fund for Jason Stuart

PUBLISHED: 18:39 23 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:21 15 June 2010

A HONITON man and respected musician was given a poignant, yet very public, send-off in the town last Thursday.

A HONITON man and respected musician was given a poignant, yet very public, send-off in the town last Thursday.More than 100 mourners took part in a funeral march behind Jason Stuart's coffin as it made its way from The Volunteer pub, where Mr Stuart had been a popular regular, to the Church of the Holy Family, in Exeter Road.Mr Stuart, keyboard player with Hawkwind, died on September 8. He was 39.Police closed part of High Street to ensure mourners' safety during the walk to the church.Mr Stuart, who will also be remembered in Honiton for his past association with the 102 Bar, in High Street, became a full-time member of Hawkwind in 2004.His work features on the band's studio album Take Me to Your Leader.Dave Brock, of Hawkwind, told fans on the band's official website: "Jason was an integral part of the band; a wonderful keyboard player and a great character."A memorial fund has been set up in Mr Stuart's name. The aim is to erect a memorial stone at his grave to serve as a permament reminder of his contribution to Hawkwind.A private reception, hosted by the band, followed the funeral.Visit www.hawkwind.com to donate to the memorial fund or to sign an on-line book of condolence.


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