EXCLUSIVE: Reunited! Son who lost his father’s ashes on Southend seafront after a pub crawl reveals they have been FOUND by a binman
- Stan Blade, 39, lost his father’s ashes during a nine-hour pub crawl in Southend
- He told MailOnline a binman found the ashes on a bin on Southend seafront
A son has been reunited with his father’s ashes days after losing them when he got drunk while taking the casket on a ‘final trip to the beach’.
Stan Blade took his father Stephen Jewitt’s ashes to the pleasure rides at Southend Pier, Essex, as a final farewell.
But when the 39-year-old bumped into some old friends, he ended up going on a pub crawl – during which he lost track of where he’d left the ashes.
He then had to go home and admit to his furious stepmother that the casket had vanished.
But today, a delighted Mr Blade told MailOnline how police had got in touch with him and revealed a refuse collector had found the ashes on top of a bin at Southend seafront.
Stan Blade, 39, was reunited (pictured) with his father’s ashes after a binman found them on top of a bin in Southend and handed them into police
Stan said: ‘My dad was a really funny bloke and he would have absolutely loved the idea of me riding a roller coaster with his ashes by my side.’ Pictured: Stan with his late father Stephen
Stan had initially planned to make a TikTok video himself of visiting pleasure rides at Southend Pier, Essex, with his father Stephen Jewitt’s ashes as a final farewell.
But instead of visiting the dodgems, he bumped into a group of old friends and ended up on a pub crawl in his former home town.
Sometime during the evening – during which he downed six cans of Stella and five pints of lager – Stan misplaced the shopping bag containing a wooden casket which held the ashes of his father, who had died aged 60.
He only discovered his blunder after finally arriving home just after midnight on March 18, and recorded the moment he had to confess to his stepmother – who had warned him not to take the ashes out with him.
He confessed to his irate stepmother Emma Hopkins who had previously told him he could not take the ashes out of her home.
Musician Stan said: ‘I came home, and my stepmum asked ‘where is your dad?’ She was not pleased with me at all and I do not blame her.’
After the ashes were found he told MailOnline: ‘She thinks it’s funny now. After all the drama of it she’s happy he’s back.’
Stan went for a pub crawl instead of taking his father’s ashes on the dodgems at Southend Pier
Stan (pictured with his father’s ashes before he lost them) planned to make a TikTok video himself of visiting pleasure rides at Southend, Essex, with dad Stephen Jewitt’s ashes as a final farewell
After he realised his dad ‘s ashes were missing, Stan went straight back to scour every pub he had been to with his friends but no one had seen his dad. Pictured: A picture of Stan and his father when he was a boy
Stan’s dad Stephen Jewitt died in 2011, at age 60 from complications of alcohol abuse. Pictured: Stephen Jewitt, when he was a young man
He added: ‘My dad was a really funny bloke and he would have absolutely loved the idea of me riding a roller coaster with his ashes by my side.
‘He had a good sense of humour, so I just wanted to do something to pay tribute to that as I haven’t visited my hometown in a while.
‘The idea was to take him to the beach and go on the bumper cars and get an ice cream, all the stereotypical things you do at the beach.
‘But I ended up bumping into friends and getting drunk along the seafront.’
After he realised the ashes were missing, Stan went straight back to scour every pub he had been to.
He visited Chinnerys, The Cornucopia and a hotel bar on Marine Parade in Southend-on-Sea, but no one had seen his dad.
He then made a TikTok appeal for information on the whereabouts of the ashes.
In the video made the same night titled ‘missing person,’ Stan explains he was visiting his hometown from Leicester, where he now lives, to see family and friends when he came up with the idea.
If his ashes (pictured before they went missing) aren’t found soon Stan will report him missing to the police
Instead of visiting the dodgems on Southend Pier (pictured) with his dad he bumped into a group of old pals and ended up on a pub crawl in his former home town
Still slurring in the video from the bar crawl, he said: ‘I convinced my stepmum to do a TikTok.
‘I thought it would be funny – put him in the dodgem cars, put him in the big wheel, give him a kiss-me-quick hat and a stick of rock and stuff.
‘She didn’t want me to do it but I did it anyway.’
In reply to his question, ‘Are you ready to see the funny side yet?’ his step-mum, Emma Hopkins, 49, said: ‘Not really no, I’ve f***ing had those ashes for 12 years.
‘I told you not to take them to the seafront. All you want to do is do things on TikTok.’
Stan’s dad Stephen Jewitt, 60, died in 2011, from complications of alcohol abuse.
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