Offers of help have poured in to pay for the funeral of a much-loved West Norfolk street entertainer.
It was confirmed yesterday that a funeral service for Juggling Jim, whose real name was Anthony Bowen, will take place at the King’s Lynn Minster.
West Norfolk funeral director A J Coggles has offered to arrange the funeral for free.
John Coggles from the firm said: “We have been given instructions to conduct his funeral. The service will be open to the public at the Minster but not at the burial.”
Following Mr Bowen’s death on Monday, a JustGiving page was set up and yesterday more than £1,000 was pledged.
Mr Coggles said: “Our services will be free, but any residue left over can go towards a headstone or memorial.” He added that some of the money could be donated to mental health charity MIND.
The date of the funeral has yet to be confirmed but the busker will be buried with his father Leonard Bowen, who died just a few days before his son, on January 4 at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. A J Coggles will be conducting Mr Bowen senior’s funeral on Monday.
Anthony Bowen was found dead at a property in Lynn’s Nelson Street and it was thought he had suffered a heart attack.
Tributes poured in on social media once word of his death spread and in the High Street, where he performed, flowers, drum sticks and other props have been placed.
A Santa hat left there carried the message “RIP Jim – keep entertaining the angels.”
In a further tribute to him, Setchey-based beer shop, Beers of Europe, will be selling three ales bearing the name Juggling Jim, to raise money for charity.
A date for when the gold, ruby and amber limited edition ales will be available to buy has yet to be confirmed.
Company director Jason Clark said: “He was a bit of a legend in the town, so we thought it would be a nice way to raise some money for charity.”
Abbie Panks, centre manager at Lynn’s Vancouver Quarter, agreed he will be missed by many. She said: “In a recent interview with college students, he said he believed the key to happiness was to ‘just live life the way you want’ and he did. Every day.”