Alton Water tragedy victim Matt Dunnett’s legion of friends pay their last respects at his funeral

Matt Dunnett, who died after jumping off a bridge into Alton Water

Matt Dunnett, who died after jumping off a bridge into Alton Water - Credit: Archant

Mourners packed out the chapel at Seven Hills Crematorium yesterday to pay their last respects to a young man who died as a result of a tragic accident at a reservoir near Ipswich.

Matt Dunnett, from Woodhouse Square in Ipswich, was 22-years-old when he jumped into Alton Water from a bridge last month.

Around 100 friends and family attended Mr Dunnett’s memorial service yesterday – the congregation was so large not everyone could fit into the chapel and some had to watch on a TV screen in a separate room.

The talented music producer and DJ’s coffin was adorned with headphones and carried in to Run-D.M.C.’s It’s Tricky.

During the service a tribute was read out by the former Westbourne High School student’s mum Jeanette Mayes.

In it she said Mr Dunnett shone bright in others’ lives and described him as “funny, caring, lovely, thoughtful to the last”.

“He had time for all walks of life. No amount words can ever express all of my son.”

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She also said he was a very happy-go-lucky person with a passion for music which was second to none.”

Also giving a tribute was Stephen Barker, headteacher at St Pancras Catholic Primary School where Mr Dunnett went as a young boy.

Mr Barker said: “Matty had such a legion of good friends. He was bright, intelligent and deep.

“His generosity of spirit and his captivating smile, these are great things to be remembered by.”

Tributes from Mr Dunnett’s friends were also read, many describing him as one of the best friends they had.

Other spoke about his love for music and his infectious ‘Jack the Lad’ nature.

When a slideshow of pictures of Mr Dunnett was played during the service the congregation not in the chapel crowded round the door to get a closer look at the tribute.

Another moving eulogy came from Mr Dunnett’s nine-year-old niece Amy.

“My uncle Matt always made me smile and laugh,” it read.

“I will always miss my uncle Matty but I know he is everywhere. I will never be lonely again.”

On Monday Anglian Water, which owns Alton Water, said it had met with the police, fire service and other organisations to try and prevent a tragedy similar to Mr Dunnett’s happening again.

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