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Tulip named to honour John Peel
Tulip John Peel
The DJ's widow said he would be pleased sales will support music
Broadcaster and presenter John Peel, who died earlier this year, is to have a tulip named in his honour.

A donation from the sale of each red tulip will help fund musical performances by children and youth groups in the Spalding Flower Parade.

His widow, Sheila Ravenscroft, said the Suffolk DJ would have approved of anything which helped support the musical interest of young children.

Packs of the bulbs are due to go on sale in September.

Ms Ravenscroft said: "All of our family and friends will also be pleased to see John's name remembered in such a fitting way.

John Peel
John Peel died in Peru in October 2004 aged 65
"I am sure he would be amused by us all coming out to see him each spring in our gardens."

David Norton, chairman of the flower parade organising committee, said: "After John's sad death many of us wanted to find a way to pay tribute to his long association and interest in encouraging new musical talent.

"Having a specially named tulip in his honour - which would also raise money to help local bands prepare for our parade - seemed a nice way to keep his name and music innovation linked together. "

Springfields Horticultural Society members also plan to create a John Peel plot in their Festival Gardens at Spalding, with 500 John Peel tulips as part of their 2006 spring bulb display.

The DJ will also be remembered across the UK on 13 October when gigs will take place in his memory.

The tribute has been organised by Radio 1 who want to make Peel Day an annual event.

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