Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ was played after the service in honour of the reggae fan.

The funeral of Bristol DJ Derek Serpell-Morris took place today (April 22) at St Agnes Church in Bristol’s St Pauls.

Hundreds of his family and friends were in attendance, including Massive Attack’s Daddy G, who he counted among his fans.

In his eulogy, Derek’s brother Gerald Serpell-Morris described the much-loved Bristol selector as “kind, modest and unassuming,” and also said that the DJ’s “increasing fame amused him.”

Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ and Johnny Cash’s ‘No Grave Can Hold My Body Down’ were played after the service, with friends and fans joining in to sing and dance. Watch footage and see photos below.

The 73-year-old DJ went missing in July 2015 and despite murmurs of sightings over the course of that year, the search was called off when his remains were found in woodland close to South Gloucestershire’s Cribbs Causeway on March 10.

Dubbed “the UK’s oldest DJ”, Serpell-Morris became a DJ in his mid-30s after working as an accountant for Cadbury’s, specialising in rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall and soul.

He was well loved in the Bristol area – and beyond – playing sets at Glastonbury and a number of other clubs and festivals. He even appeared in Dizzee Rascal’s video for ‘Dirtee Disco’ in 2010.

DJ Derek announced his retirement in 2013, playing his final show at Notting Hill Arts Club.

Read a eulogy penned by close friend and disciple Aidan Larkin, aka Count Skylarkin’.



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