WHILE drinking a pint and overlooking the sea, friends of Jez Griffiths hope a plaque in his name will help keep his memory alive.
Close friends of the 31-year-old, who died on a beach in Cornwall, have rallied together to buy the memorial.
It is due to be placed at The Point, near The Spice Island Inn and the Still & West pubs.
The idea came from on of Jez’s friends Steve Willie.
Steve, 32, of West Leigh, said: ‘We wanted somewhere we could go, sit and have a pint and have Jez close to us.
‘Jez was most people’s best friend. He was my best mate and I felt like I need to do something so we all have a place to go to remember him.
‘He was a lovely man and one of the most generous people I have ever known.’
The plaque is due to be placed on July 11 – Jez’s birthday.
As previously reported, Jeremy known as Jez, of Nutwick Road, in Havant, was found collapsed by a member of the public at 2am on Saturday, May 11, at Town Beach, in Newquay, Cornwall.
Yesterday another friend visited the spot and added to the floral tributes already placed there.
Jez had been on a stag weekend with friends.
The group had travelled down on a minibus to celebrate stag Chris Scott.
His best man Stewart Maneely, 33, of Compton Close, Havant, had organised the trip.
He said: ‘We had all been having a laugh and playing jokes on the stag.
‘Jez was always quick-tongued and good at playing jokes.’
Stewart described how Jez had decided to call it a night and walked back to the hotel alone.
He is thought to have fallen and hurt himself. ‘We were all shocked by what happened,’ added Stewart.
‘The journey home was one of the worst in my life, as we all tried to comfort each other.
‘Jez was always a joy to be around and a great friend.’
His friends are also hoping to gather money and buy a stake in Portsmouth Football Club, under his name.
Scores of people are expected to say a final farewell to Jez at his funeral, which is being held at Portchester Crematorium on Wednesday at 3.30pm.