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Posted By: billybob
12-Dec-13 - 02:27 PM
Thread Name: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
So sad today to hear about the death of my lovely friend Derek " The Amazing Mr Smith" He made so many people laugh with his incredible sense of humour, I remember him standing in front of a window at our Folk Club in Thorpe le Soken with a bird cage on his head singing " I taught I saw a tweetie bird", much to the consternation of the folks standing at the bus stop on the pavement outside the pub.

Not many people knew he was a fantastic musician, and a lover of nature. He spent hours sitting on our lawn looking at the frogs and newts in our wild life pond. A wonderful observer of people, a dedicated scientist before he became a full time entertainer. I first met him at Farningham Folk club in 1970, he played at all the folk clubs I organised and last played for us in the marquee in our garden at one of our " house concerts"

I shall miss his friendship and the laughter he gave us and send love and condolences to his daughter Rosie.

Wendy xx