DJ Derek may have been sighted at London Waterloo Station earlier today (December 23), with pictures that may show ‘Britain’s Oldest DJ’ providing the second new lead in a week.
The family of Derek Serpell-Morris, 73, who lived in St Paul’s, have told the Bristol Post they are taking the latest lead seriously because Derek owned an identical scarf and hat, and always dressed smartly.
Last week, reports emerged of DJ Derek being chased out of a pub in Thornbury around the time of his disappearance in July.
The Bristol Post tweeted the below image, taken at Waterloo:
— Bristol Live (@BristolLive) December 23, 2015
Last week, a spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said the investigation is continuing.
“This investigation remains live and we would still appeal for anyone who might have any information as to Derek’s whereabouts to contact us immediately,” the spokesperson said.
“Any information, regardless of how insignificant you think it might be, could be crucial to this investigation.”
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.