TRIBUTES have poured in for a popular DJ who has died following a four year battle with cancer.
Father of three Adi Linton, 53, of Bury St Edmunds, was well known for spinning the decks at various venues across the county and as a presenter on local radio.
He continued to work throughout his illness and his family say they have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have been in touch to pay their respects.
His brother Richard, 50, said: “If you walked around town with him he knew everybody. He was fun and very brave to live through his condition and carry on working as much as he possibly could.”
Born and bred in Bury, Mr Linton attended Silver Jubilee Boys School and his early career included working for a building company and as a carpet layer.
He was also a hairdresser at Gavin Ashley.
But being a DJ was Mr Linton’s greatest passion and his brother remembers the first disco he ran as a youngster for a friend’s birthday at a barn in Great Saxham.
In the early 1970s, he launched Tramp mobile disco which started at Newbury Community Centre.
He was known for hosting Friday nights at Great Whelnetham and Southgate Community Centres and ran Christmas party discos for the Angel and Butterfly hotels as well as numerous weddings and birthdays.
He was a DJ at Reflex nightclub, now Club Brazilia, and resident DJ at Rollerbury where he organised performances by acts including Take That.
From 1997, he presented the drivetime show and Sunday mornings on Vibe FM.
His other radio stations included 1017 Cambridge, Q103 in Cambridge, Fen Radio and KLFM.
He and his brother also jetted to Kenya to hold New Year’s Eve discos for about eight years.
Recently Mr Linton was asked to DJ at CurveMotion.
His partner Jackie Hollingsworth, 50, said: “He will leave a big hole in my life and lots of other people’s lives. He was always upbeat even through his illness. He was an unbelievable man. I’ve never met anyone like him and it shows through all the tributes.”
Mr Linton leaves his children Lottie, 19, Amy, 17, and Charlie, 7. His funeral is on Tuesday at noon at West Suffolk Crematorium.