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Peel's widow thanks 'kind fans'
John Peel
John Peel was one of the UK's best-loved broadcasters
The widow of John Peel has said the response of fans to the DJ's death in October had been "heart-warming".

Sheila Ravenscroft told the Liverpool Echo newspaper that she and her four children were "enormously touched" by messages of support and love.

"So many people have been so enormously kind," she said.

Her comments came as BBC Radio 1 marked his death with an evening of musical tributes to the DJ, who died while on holiday in Peru.

Thursday night's programme featured some of his favourite music along with some of the musicians he helped to launch.

Sheila, who was holidaying with him when he died, dedicated a song called Does This Train Stop On Merseyside by Liverpool band Amsterdam to her late husband as part of the tribute.

Emotional

"At first I said no when I was asked to do it because I'm not very good at that sort of thing." Ms Ravenscroft told the Merseyside newspaper.

"John just really loved the Amsterdam song. He always became really emotional when he played it. He wasn't capable of playing it without crying," she said.

Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian were among the bands playing live on Peel Night

"If he played it on the radio, he'd have to put something else on immediately afterwards because he wouldn't be able to speak.

"And when he played it at home, he'd always need a cuddle afterwards," said Ms Ravenscroft.

She added that the broadcaster was "not a boastful man" and would have been "beside himself" if he had known about the public reaction to his death.




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