His final dance: Dead Creamfields fan, 30, has his ashes fired out of confetti cannon by Tiësto during his headline act so he could go there ‘one last time’ after killing himself
- Stuart Mitchell, 30, from Norwich, was set to attend Creamfields but died in July
- Ryan and Liam Millen bought his tickets for event which happened last weekend
- The tickets arrived separately to second envelope containing some of his ashes
- Ryan organised for a banner to be made and the ashes were fired out of a cannon
The ashes of a father-of-one have been fired out of a confetti cannon over a crowd of up 70,000 revellers at the Creamfields festival by headliner Tiësto.
Stuart Mitchell, 30, from Norwich, had been set to attend the dance music event at the Daresbury estate in Cheshire last weekend but killed himself in July.
Ryan and Liam Millen, two cousins from Liverpool, bought Mr Mitchell’s weekend camping tickets from his family, and they arrived separately to a second envelope from his father containing some of his ashes.
Stuart Mitchell, 30, pictured with members of his family, had been set to attend Creamfields
Ryan Millen, who bought his tickets, organised for a banner to be made with a picture of Mr Mitchell holding his son Oliver, three, with the message: ‘This last dance is for you, mate’
There was also a letter with this envelope asking the recipients to spread Mr Mitchell’s ashes around the Creamfields site because he loved to attend the event.
Ryan, 34, organised for a banner to be made with a picture of Mr Mitchell holding his three-year-old son Oliver, with the message: ‘This last dance is for you, mate.’
He carried it around the festival before getting it on the main stage – and organisers suggested the ashes could be fired out of a cannon during Tiësto’s set.
In a message posted on Gofundme, Ryan told how the production team loaded his ashes into one of the pyrotechnics scheduled to go off during the performance.
He said Dutch DJ Tiësto then ‘proceeded to fire his ashes out of a confetti cannon during his closing headline act over a crowd of 70,000 fans’.
The tickets arrived separately to a second envelope containing some of Mr Mitchell’s ashes
Ryan carried the banner around the festival site in Cheshire before getting it on the main stage
Ryan said the move could ‘only be described as a once in a generation tribute to his biggest fan’.
He later discovered that the family of Mr Mitchell, who was a keen gamer, had already chosen and played Tiësto’s hit Adagio for Strings at his funeral.
Ryan continued: ‘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 honour his memory in such a fitting way.
‘Stuart Mitchell, we are humbled to have been allowed to help you complete your journey with us. You will forever be a part of one of your favourite places. A piece of you always be with Creamfields.’
He added that he wanted people to ‘please spread this message far and wide to raise awareness’ and that ‘nobody should ever be driven to taking their own life’.
Mr Mitchell, pictured with members of his family, is thought to have killed himself in July
Creamfields dance music festival took place at the Daresbury estate in Cheshire last weekend
Ryan also said Mr Mitchell had taken his own life ‘despite being seemingly happy and problem free prior’.
The Millens have now become good friends with the Mitchell family, and Ryan told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I’m bowled over by what happened.
‘When Stuart’s ashes were fired out, my heart literally skipped a beat, I was lost for words and beside myself. We were privileged to honour him in such a way.’
The Gofundme campaign is raising money towards a permanent memorial in Mr Millen’s name, with the rest donated to suicide prevention and awareness charities.
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