Suffolk steel tragedy: Grieving daughter pays tribute to “hero” dad

A GRIEVING daughter last night paid a moving tribute to her “hero” dad who was tragically killed following the horrific industrial accident.

Bethany Cotton said 42-year-old Peter Johnson – known as PJ the DJ – had a personality “as big as the world”.

Mr Johnson was one of four people who died Friday when a steel structure collapsed on a site of Claxton Engineering Services Limited in Great Yarmouth.

He lived in Stanton, and was a self employed plasterer and builder.

He was also a popular DJ and played saxophone, while also loving his Vespa scooter.

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Last night his daughter Bethany said: “PJ the DJ, Stanton legend, my dad!! My hero with a personality as big as the world. Not a bad word to say about anyone or a bad bone in his body. I loved him with everything I am and so did everyone else.

“He loved his music. His discos were known everywhere, his own stamp put on them.

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“It is my birthday on the 27th of this month and the only gift I could ever want is to hear him say ‘happy birthday’ and to see my dad.

“He loved the pub and had so many friends. You would never believe the effect he had on people’s lives.

“He was a man once met you would never ever forget! I love you dad and I always will. I wish you were still here.

“I was your angel and you were my hero and my best friend. You will always be in my heart and my thoughts.”

His sister, Judi Freeman, also paid tribute to the 42-year-old on behalf of the whole family, saying he was a “thoughtful son, lovely brother and silliest uncle you could wish for.”

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