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Hundreds attend DJ's funeral
HUNDREDS of family and friends gathered to pay their respects to a house music DJ who died earlier this month after a short battle with cancer.
Peter Ryan, from Darlington, died on September 8, at the age of 42.
Mr Ryan was described as a ‘world-class DJ’ whose passion for music saw him perform at clubs around the world.
St Cuthbert’s Church, in Darlington town centre, was packed for his funeral on Tuesday (September 17).
The Venerable Granville Gibson, who led the service, spoke of Mr Ryan’s happy childhood as the youngest of four siblings.
He said: “From a young age, the great love and passion of his life was music, which took him to some amazing places, with amazing memories and friends.
“If wealth was determined by friendship, he would certainly have been a millionaire.”
Other tributes came from friends Francis Jones, who had written and recited a poem about Mr Ryan, and Mike Dowson.
Mr Dowson said: “Peter’s life was music, his passion was unrivalled and from an early age it was clear this was going to be his life’s work.
“As anybody who had been on a night out with Peter would know, he would often start busting out body-popping moves, which were a joy to behold; he was an excellent dancer.”
Mr Ryan spent more than 25 years as a DJ, during which time he started a house music club in Darlington, called Club Lucy’s, as well as being an inspiration for would-be DJs.
He was described as ‘a generous person, who would share his last pound with you’.
Part of Mr Ryan’s legacy will be a social enterprise in Darlington, which will teach the next generation of DJs and producers, which Mr Dowson and some of his other friends are working to set up.
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