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Norwich pub to hold day in memory of former Canaries fanzine editor Jonathan Day

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 April 2012

Kevin and Dawn Hopkins who have set up the Norwich Bear Brewing Co, which they plan to use to supply their pubs, The Ketts Tavern in Ketts Hill and The Rose in Queen Road, both in Norwich, with cask ales.

Kevin and Dawn Hopkins who have set up the Norwich Bear Brewing Co, which they plan to use to supply their pubs, The Ketts Tavern in Ketts Hill and The Rose in Queen Road, both in Norwich, with cask ales.

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Family and friends of a former Norwich City fanzine editor who died this month have been urged to remember the 37-year-old by attending a special memorial event at a city pub.

Jonathan Day, known as Jon, used to edit the Y’army fanzine and was found at his home in Norwich on Monday, April 2.

Mr Day, a former Aviva press officer, who lived off Oak Street and worked for Swinton Insurance in Rosary Road, was an avid Norwich City fan who wrote a column for the Evening News’s sister paper, the EDP.

Mr Day’s death has prompted a sea of tributes from family and friends, including sister Joanna and members of the British band Scritti Politti, and now a Norwich pub is to hold a special day to allow others to remember him.

The Ketts Tavern pub, where Mr Day was a regular, will be holding the event on Saturday, April 21 from 7pm after screening Norwich City’s away-day clash with Blackburn Rovers.

Dawn Hopkins, who runs the Ketts Hill-based pub with her husband Kevin, said they wanted to do something to remember their friend and has urged people coming to bring some pictures of Mr Day, pictured below.

She said: “We want as many people who knew Jon to get together and have a drink and a good laugh, and probably a cry, and remember him. Someone said to me you should get a bench or a plaque, but I thought wouldn’t it be better if we all got together and had a drink in his memory instead. Jon would’ve liked to see us having a laugh and a drink and listening to some good music as well.”

Mrs Hopkins said Mr Day’s family had also been invited to the event, which will feature a couple of musicians Mr Day liked and a comedian.

A funeral service is to be held at Bunwell church on Wednesday at 2pm. All who knew Jonathan are welcome.

For more details, contact RJ Bartram and Son Funeral Services at Wymondham.

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