Hundreds gather to celebrate life of Beccles drum and bass DJ Neil Aldred
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Hundreds of mourners lined the walkway as a coffin bearing photos of DJ Dominator, Neil Aldred, along with his decks and earphones, were carried into the church.
At a service held today to celebrate the life of the popular Beccles drum and bass DJ, family and friends wore T-shirts printed with the D-Stortion Records logo - the music label set up by Neil last year.
Mourners entered All Saints Church in Ringsfield, the village where Neil grew up, to Beautiful Boy by John Lennon, with hundreds standing in the churchyard to hear the service.
It was led by Rev Norman Simister, and included a performance by Neil's niece Maizie Walsh of a song written in his memory, called Resurrected.
She said: 'This is my song for Neil. It is the best and worst thing I have ever had to do in my life.'
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Leading the tributes, best friend William Grundy said Neil had fulfilled his dream of entertaining people and making them happy.
He said: 'He is leaving behind a legacy that will live on for years to come.'
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Poems were read on behalf of Neil's parents Jula Janney and Brendan Aldred, before a pre-recorded message from his sisters Caroline Walsh and Lindsay Aldred was played.
They spoke of the day he was born, knocking on all the doors in their street to proudly tell neighbours they had a baby brother, and said he always showed them so much love and devotion.
'You will always be in our hearts. Have no regrets baby boy, you will live on as a legend,' they said.
A pre-recorded message was also played out from Neil's fiancée Sarah Bowles, who he lived with in Worlingham with his son Archie, two, and step-son Josh, eight.
Describing him as her soulmate, she said: 'I instantly fell in love with everything about you and your smile with your gappy teeth.
'With all your hard work, passion and dedication you did everything you set out to do.'
People at the service had the chance to hear Neil's voice again as a short clip of him was played.
It ended with a medley of Neil's music, followed by a private cremation for the family at Waveney Memorial Park.
The 33-year-old was known all over the world for his musical talents and had been a driving force in the drum and bass industry, securing his first label signing in his late teens.
He died of cancer on June 8 after being diagnosed just a few weeks before.
Funeral donations will be split between his family and Beccles Community Arts - the group chaired by his mum which stages the Harvest Moon Music Festival at Beccles Quay each year. Neil performed at the first ever event 10 years ago, and this summer's festival will be dedicated to him.