Date set for radio legend's funeral

FANS of the legendary DJ John Peel will be given the chance to pay their final respects to him next week.The funeral of Mr Peel, who died last week aged 65, will take place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, next Friday, and will be open to the public.

FANS of the legendary DJ John Peel will be given the chance to pay their final respects to him next week.

The funeral of Mr Peel, who died last week aged 65, will take place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, next Friday, and will be open to the public.

The service will be taken by the Rev Canon Deirdre Parmenter, rural dean of Stowmarket, and starts at 1pm. It will be followed by a private family ceremony.

Veteran broadcaster Mr Peel, of Great Finborough, near Stowmarket, died while on holiday in Peru with his wife Sheila.


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His body was flown back to the UK on Monday night.

Mr Peel was BBC Radio 1's longest-serving DJ and also presented the Radio 4 programme Home Truths.

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After his death, tributes poured in from the music industry and thousands of listeners from across the world.

Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt said Mr Peel's contribution to modern music and culture was "immeasurable".

The loss was felt deeply in his home village, where Mr Peel lived with his wife for more than 30 years.

They were involved in a host of village activities over the years and regularly spoke about their love for the county. They have four grown-up children.

Mr Peel was born in Heswall, near Liverpool, and began working for a radio in Dallas, US, in 1962.

He joined Radio 1 at its launch in 1967 and became one of the first DJs to give exposure to punk, reggae and hip-hop before they crossed over into the mainstream.

Mr Peel was at the cutting edge of music over four decades and an inspiration for generations of musicians, bands and aspiring DJs.

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