Tribute night for Julian to celebrate his life and music

TRIBUTE Jamie Purnell from Kill Kasper, and inset, Julian Ravenhall.      Picture: Steve Reid (111278-198)
TRIBUTE Jamie Purnell from Kill Kasper, and inset, Julian Ravenhall. Picture: Steve Reid (111278-198)

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SCORES of well-wishers of a much-loved music fan turned out to a tribute gig in his honour.

Julian Ravenhall died after slipping into a diabetic coma at his home in Southsea.

The 36-year-old had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 20.

But he suddenly died in his sleep in January this year at his home in Clarendon Mews.

So to pay tribute to Julian, who was a huge fan of music, a gig was held at The Festing pub, Festing Road, Southsea, to remember him and to raise money for charity.

One of the acts performing on the night was lead singer of Portsmouth band Kill Kasper, featuring Jamie Kasper, also known as The Kolonel.

He met Julian when he was 14 and the two became good friends.

Jamie, 35, said: ‘He was one of the biggest music fans I have ever known, and was always supporting us.

‘I played the gig because I felt like I owed it to him for all the support he has shown.

‘I loved him to bits and it wouldn’t be right not to play.

‘He always had a big smile on his face and a beer in his hand.

‘He was a brilliant guy.

Also playing on the night were The Colliders, Matt ‘guitar’ Robinson and DJ Hev Stilet-Hoe.

A raffle was drawn with prizes including luxury chocolates and a bottle of champagne.

The event was organised by friend Alex Davis, 34, who had known Julian for 20 years.

He said: ‘We had a good turnout, which was encouraging to see.

‘It took a while to organise, but it’s been worth it.

‘We would like to make it an annual event.’

Julian’s brother James, 40, said: ‘There was a great turnout – it’s a shame about the situation.

‘I don’t think he realised how popular he was.’

Proceeds from the gig will be donated to Diabetes UK.