DJ Derek hangs up his headphones after final gig in resort

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If, at the tender age of 23, my knees still ache from skanking and dancing the night away to DJ Derek on Sunday I suppose it’s little wonder the 72-year-old is hanging up his headphones.

The reggae, ska and dancehall DJ played his last set at Blackpool Cricket Club last weekend, after devoting the best part of the last four decades to making music.

His two-hour set kept everyone dancing all night long, from the toddlers on parent’s shoulders to the septuagenarian, spouting Jamaican Patois like it was his mother tongue. (He’s from Bristol.)

The all-day event, playing 3pm to 9pm for all ages and then on till midnight for those over 18s willing to play out late on a ‘school night’, was put on by Cowbell 

It was a perfect follow on from the success of the excellent Al Fresco earlier this month and ahead of the Carnival event in September.

Also on the line-up was Don Letts, warming up ahead of an appearance at Glastonbury this weekend – the same festival DJ Derek has played popular sets at over the years, and not a bad one for Blackpool to be ranked alongside by these top DJs.

Katie Upton