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Public farewell for DJ John Peel
John Peel
Peel was Radio 1's longest-serving DJ
Fans of legendary DJ John Peel will be able to pay their final respects as he is laid to rest near his home in Suffolk next week.

The funeral is to be held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, on Friday 12 November.

The ceremony will be followed by a private service for family and friends of the late DJ.

Peel died last week after suffering a heart attack while on holiday in Peru with his wife Sheila. He was 65.

His body was flown back to the UK on Monday night.

Music industry

Peel, whose radio career spanned 40 years, was BBC Radio 1's longest-serving DJ and in recent years had also presented Home Truths on BBC Radio 4.

After his death, tributes were paid to him from people working in the music industry and from thousands of listeners around the world.

Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt said Peel's contribution to modern music and culture was "immeasurable".

Peel was born in Heswall, near Liverpool, and after completing his military service in Britain in 1962, went to the US where he began working for a radio station in Dallas.

He joined Radio 1 at the launch in 1967, and established himself with the late night programme Top Gear.

He became one of the first DJs to give exposure to punk, reggae and hip-hop, before they crossed over into the mainstream.

Peel's programme built up a reputation around the world, and in addition to his Radio 1 programme, he could also be heard on the BBC's World Service.

A look at the veteran broadcaster's life



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