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Tony Bullimore celebrated at special memorial service

Tony Bullimore was described as a 'piece of Bristol's history' Photo: PA

Tony Bullimore has been described as 'a piece of Bristol's history' after a special memorial service was held for him.

People from all over the city came to celebrate his life at the event put on by Bristol City Council.

An exhibition was included into yachtsman's adventures at sea as well as his involvement with race relations and his time running the Afro-Caribbean-inspired Bamboo Club.

Tony's wife Lalel Jackson was also at the event Credit: PA

Mr Bullimore, a keen yachtsman and entrepreneur, moved to Bristol in the 1960s. In 1965 he married Lalel Jackson, who was originally from Jamaica. Together they opened the ground-breaking Afro-Caribbean-inspired Bamboo Club in 1966. Billed as "Bristol's Premier West Indian Entertainment Centre", as well as being a music venue, the club housed a restaurant, a theatre workshop, a football team and was also the headquarters of the Bristol West Indian Cricket Club.

The Bamboo Club hosted a number of bands and singers, including Bob Marley and The Wailers, Tina Turner, Ben E King, Desmond Dekker, Laurel Aitken, John Holt, Derrick Morgan, The Skatalites, Jimmy Cliff, The Mighty Diamonds, Joe Tex, Lee Dorsey, Percy Sledge, and The Ronettes among others.

"Back in the 60s when the Bamboo club opened race was a big issue. And I think as they years have gone on and things have changed it's only now looking back that you realise how bad it was then. And Tony just embraced the whole community. And I think it changed Bristol for the best."

– Stephan Mulvany, Tony's nephew

"He's a huge character and we'll miss him but his life and legacy will go on. And actually I'd say that the work he did in establishing a foothold for Jamaicans, West Indians coming here back in the day was one of the footholds that I ended up standing on to become mayor today so his legacy is still with us."

– Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor
Bullimore achieved worldwide fame in a solo round-the-world yacht race Credit: PA

Tony Bullimore later achieved worldwide fame when his boat capsized following a storm in the Southern Ocean, and he survived in an air pocket under the overturned hull during a solo round-the-world yacht race in 1997. After four days his boat was spotted and he was rescued by the Australian navy ship HMAS Adelaide.

Lenny Henry was one of those who've paid tribute to Mr Bullimore Credit: PA

Tributes will be made at the memorial by Lenny Henry, who sailed across the Atlantic with Mr Bullimore in 2000, Rear Admiral Raydon Gates, who rescued him in 1997, as well as the High Commissioner of Jamaica.