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Mural in memory of DJ Derek nears completion

DJ Derek was a legend of the Bristol music scene Credit: ITV News West Country

A mural commemorating Bristol music legend DJ Derek has been nearly completed in a neighbourhood close to his former stomping ground. The two-storey artwork is on the side of a house in Richmond Avenue, Montpelier.

The mural is in Richmond Avenue, Montpelier Credit: ITV News West Country

Former accountant Derek Serpell-Morris became an international star through his love of reggae music, eventually appearing at festivals around the world. He went missing in July 2015. Months later his body was found in undergrowth near Cribbs Causeway.


'His love of music always came through'

From Daddy G to George Ferguson, hundreds of people have attended DJ Derek's funeral, with tributes from family and friends being read out in St Agnes Church in Bristol.

His brother spoke of how "his love of music always came through", and you can see this below, as guests are greeted with reggae music and the celebrations get underway:

'Fame amazed and amused him - but he never changed'

DJ Derek's brother, Gerry, has paid tribute to him, describing how "fame amazed and amused him" but he "never changed":

"Fame amazed and amused him. It didn't make him rich, nothing changed.

He stayed in a small dark basement flat in St Pauls. He had nothing of value even his Lord Mayor's medal was below some dusty artefacts.

People told him they booked him because his love of the music came through."

– Gerry Serpell-Morris


Reggae booms out ahead of DJ Derek's funeral

Shaking up convention is what he did best, and once again, even in death, he is being remembered for his love of reggae.

Ahead of his funeral a DJ is playing inside and outside St Agnes Church in St Pauls, Bristol, with hundreds of people expected to attend:

A DJ in an unlikely setting Credit: ITV News
The order of service Credit: ITV News
Decks and a cap take centre stage at the altar Credit: ITV News

'A psychic predicted where DJ Derek would be found'

DJ Derek's great niece Jenny Griffiths has told ITV News how a psychic predicted where he was lying.

Derek disappeared in July 2015 and was found in shrubland near Cribbs Causeway in March this year.

A psychic told Miss Griffiths he was 'in woodland - with a train.' When Miss Griffiths later went to the spot where he was found, she dug a hole to plant flowers. And found an old metal toy train under the earth.

The metal train found at the spot where the body of DJ Derek was discovered Credit: Family

Special gig held in memory of music legend DJ Derek

Rob Da Bank was on of the DJs at Friday's memorial concert Credit: ITV News

A special gig was held on Friday in memory of the Bristolian music legend DJ Derek. The 73 year old's body was found three weeks ago - he'd been missing for months.

On Friday night more than a thousand people gathered in his memory. Rob Da Bank and Daddy G were among the DJs.

Friends and family were expecting a turnout of hundreds, but the fans kept on coming.

Derek's niece Jennifer Griffiths said: "Just to see the amount of people that turned out obviously means a lot to us. We're very happy with the support."

Hundreds of people turned out for the memorial gig in Bristol on Friday Credit: ITV News

It was a memorial gig filled with music and laughter, a scene the late DJ would be used to. He meant so much to so many - who are now focussing on giving him send off.

Money from Friday night's event will go towards DJ Derek's funeral costs but will also be used to paint a mural for the late DJ.

Watch the full report from the gig below:

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