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.
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.
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Hundreds of people lined the street outside St Agnes Church in Bristol, as the hearse carrying DJ Derek drove away for the final time:
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:
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."
Bob Marley's 'One Love' will be played at the end of DJ Derek's funeral, along with two other reggae tracks:
- 'My Mother's Eyes' by Nellie Lutcher
- 'Wonderful World' by Rico Rodriguez
- 'One Love' by Bob Marley
The family have also thanked 'public, friends and family of Derek' as well as police and media 'who kept the case alive'
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:
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.
Bristol is saying goodbye to DJ Derek Morris today - one of the most influential people on the West Country's music scene.Read the full story ›
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."
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: