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Obit: Derek Van Zelst (UK, 23 Feb 2008)

GUEST,Greycap 23 Feb 08 - 07:05 PM
Jean(eanjay) 24 Feb 08 - 05:10 PM
Zany Mouse 24 Feb 08 - 05:25 PM
GUEST 25 Feb 08 - 03:35 PM
GUEST,sharon van zelst 10 Mar 08 - 04:56 PM
GUEST 24 Apr 11 - 03:54 PM
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Subject: Obit: Derek Van Zelst
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 07:05 PM

My dear friend, Derek Van Zelst, singer and raconteur of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, died today of a heart attack.
'Catters may also know his son, a great guitarist and singer, Robin Van Zelst.
Rest in peace, old pal,
Roger Knowles


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Van Zelst (UK, 23 Feb 2008)
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 24 Feb 08 - 05:10 PM

Roger,
Tony and I were sorry to hear this sad news.
Jean


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Van Zelst (UK, 23 Feb 2008)
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 24 Feb 08 - 05:25 PM

Sad to hear this.

The loss of a great humour!

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Van Zelst (UK, 23 Feb 2008)
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Feb 08 - 03:35 PM

Sad News indeed.
The end of an era.
Robin,Pat and Sharon you are in our thoughts just now

Annie & Sid Page


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Van Zelst (UK, 23 Feb 2008)
From: GUEST,sharon van zelst
Date: 10 Mar 08 - 04:56 PM


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Subject: RE: Obit: Derek Van Zelst (UK, 23 Feb 2008)
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Apr 11 - 03:54 PM

Although it is now some 3 years since Derek's death I have only just discovered this obituary site for him. I was saddened to hear of his death as I was just beginning to get the hang of facebook and had hoped to contact Derek after some 20 year gap.
Derek and I worked together at Grimston Park Mediaeval Banquets and when that closed we remained friends and occasionally had some madcap scheme going on. The one that sticks in my memory was the TV series on ancient Yorkshire pubs that we decided to do. we only did the pilot partly because of the beer that flowed and partly because Yorkshire TV heard of the programme and within a few months of our trying to interest TV companies brought out something similar. Still we had a good laugh and enjoyed ourselves. I moved back to Coventry and sadly lost contact with Derek.
He was always humorous always happy to listen to the side of a story and always generous. He would always find a place in the flat if I did call up to see and he was always pleased to see you. He was the first one to introduce me "The Ballad of Bull Pratt" and to Blind Jack Metcalf! Like Derek both larger than life characters and sadly missed by family and friends alike.
RIP mate
Pete Bagley


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