Memorial service to mark the life of Blackpool legend Joey Blower's son James will take place at Viva
A special memorial service will take place tomorrow to celebrate the life of James Michael Simmons - the son of Blackpool legend Joey Blower.
James’ friends, family and acquaintances in the resort are invited to join in a celebration of life at Viva Blackpool on Sunday, July 9.
The event, from 12-4pm, will be an ‘honest eulogy’, showing snippets of James’s life.
The invitation is ‘open to anyone who knew James, had heard of James or just wants to support the family’.
Joey said: “The family have been overwhelmed with the compassion and support shown to them over James and look forward to welcoming them at Viva.”
The funeral was live-streamed to hundreds of viewers online, with the temple filled with James’s ex - pat friends, and members of the Thai community where he lived, in Pattaya.
Joey said: “Even I didn’t know how popular he’d become in Thailand, despite visiting him every year for the last six years. [It was the] one place he felt happy and called home, which is why we honoured his wishes to remain there."
On June 12, Joey had received a call at 7.30am to say 39-year-old James was unconscious. Phone records showed his last messages were to his apartment reception asking for an ambulance and quickly.
At 10.30, he was pronounced dead.
Posting on Facebook, Joey said: “We now have peace knowing it wasn’t anything he did, or was pushed to do, but we still grieve like only a few who’ve ever experienced losing a child will comprehend.
"We always worried one day he would come of his motorbike, or a host of other things but he’s now at peace.”