Tributes to Mr ‘Durrington Festival’

w24c Durrington Festival Peter Bloxham died suddenly
w24c Durrington Festival Peter Bloxham died suddenly

TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved father who was “passionate” about Durrington.

Chairman and treasurer of Durrington Festival, 50-year-old Peter Bloxham, died suddenly at home on Tuesday, June 7 – just days into the 20th annual festival.

family and friends have paid tribute to Peter, describing him as a man who “believed in Durrington”.

Peter, of Tavy Road, died from an undetected heart disease and leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Tracy, and daughter Laura.

Laura, 21, said: “He loved Durrington and the festival and he believed in Durrington.

“He was just the most caring man. He would do anything for anyone.

“All he wanted to do was to help people and make people happy. If I was ever down he knew exactly how to put a smile on my face.”

Peter was a very busy man and, alongside his involvement with the festival, he was a member of the Durrington Neighbourhood Panel, a church warden at St Symphorian’s Church, and a former school governor at Durrington Middle School.

He was also passionate about steam trains and was involved in many steam train groups in the area.

At the festival on Saturday, as a sign of respect, visitors and organisers were urged to take part in a minute’s applause.

Mark Roberts, vice-chairman of Durrington Festival, said the committee took the decision to go ahead with the rest of the festival in memory of Peter, who had spent 14 years working behind the scenes of the ever-growing event.

“Pete pulled it all together and we just had to pull it off,” Mark said. “He had done all the hard work.

“I just figured if we could not pull it off we should not be doing it.”

He added: “Peter epitomised everything about the Durrington Festival and cared passionately about it, always going that extra mile to ensure its success.

“I am sure I speak for all members of the committee when I say I feel honoured and extremely privileged to have known him and to have helped him deliver a first-class festival for many years.

“Peter will be very sadly missed and forever in our thoughts and in this year that we have ‘super-heroes’ as a theme for the carnival procession, it feels right we salute a man who was quite simply a super man.”