'Britain's oldest DJ' has not been seen for three weeks
Dizzee Rascal has added his voice to the appeal to find Bristol veteran DJ Derek, real name Derek Serpell-Morris, who has been missing for three weeks.
The 73-year-old, known as “Britain’s oldest DJ”, appeared in the grime MC’s video for ‘Dirtee Disco’.
Dizzee Rascal wrote on Twitter: “Please help find the Legend DJ Derek I met him on set of my Dirtee Disco video, really nice guy I hope he’s ok.”
BBC News report that police have confirmed that Morris’ bank account has not been used since the start of July.
Police are also liaising with Wetherspoon pubs as the DJ is said to have enjoyed visiting newly opened branches of the chain in his local area.
Morris’ niece, Jennifer Amy, has said his disappearance is “completely out of character”. She told BBC News: “I’ve left numerous messages for him and he hasn’t got back – if he goes away he always lets me know. His friends have been in touch to say he hasn’t been in contact. We’re all extremely worried.”
Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow is among those to express concern for the retired DJ.
Aside from a one-off show on New Year’s Eve last year, Morris retired from DJing in 2013. He built a reputation for playing rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall and soul during his career which featured slots at Glastonbury and the Big Chill.
Morris launched his DJ career in his mid-30s after working in the accounts department of confectionery firm Cadbury’s.
In 2006, he told the BBC that he left the firm after years of “domestic hell” before starting work as a DJ in a Bristol pub.
Over more than 40 years he established himself as a fixture on the city’s clubbing scene.
In 2012 he won the Lord Mayor’s medal for his “outstanding” contribution to the music scene in the city.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4 at the time, he said he finished most sets with the Bob Marley classic ‘One Love’.
He said: “It’s a perfect signing-off record for a reggae set – let’s get together and feel all right. So next time, people, let’s get together and feel all right.”