Hundreds pay trib­ute to beloved city DJ

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

HUNDREDS of mourn­ers gath­ered for a poignant farewell to a fa­ther-of-one who died aged just 31.

Steven Bet­tyes, known to many as Jeeva D, died sud­denly in his home in Bret­ton on Novem­ber 29.

The pop­u­lar DJ’S funeral was held yes­ter­day at Peter­bor­ough Cre­ma­to­rium.

De­spite the bit­ing cold, friends stood out­side and lis­tened through the door be­cause there was no more room in the chapel.

Shortly be­fore the ser­vice, crowds lined the streets and clapped the hearse as it passed with the cof­fin. With it were flow­ers shaped in the word ‘Dad’ and in the form of DJ decks sym­bol­is­ing his life’s pas­sion.

The crowd, many in Arse­nal shirts and scarves, fell silent when the cortege made its way into the grounds.

As mourn­ers filed into the chapel, Steven’s mix of the song I Refuse, by Netksy, was played over the speak­ers.

Ol­lie Killing­back from the Sec­u­lar Hu­man­ist So­ci­ety led the cer­e­mony and paid trib­ute to Steven.

He said: “The sheer num­ber of peo­ple here shows how much he and his mu­sic were ap­pre­ci­ated.

“Our job to­day is to show that ap­pre­ci­a­tion as we say a fi­nal

PIC­TURE: ROW­LAND HOB­SON good­bye to Steven.”

He added: “No-one should die when they are 31, our hearts go out to Steven’s fam­ily. No par­ent should ever have to at­tend the funeral of their child.”

Mr Killing­brook spoke of Steven’s love for mu­sic and his proudest mo­ment – the birth of his son Kyle, now six years old.

Gary Welsh paid trib­ute to his cousin, speak­ing of one of many nights out which ended with Gary mea­sur­ing Steven’s enour­mous four-inch big toe.

Friends and rel­a­tives choked back tears as An­gels, by Rob­bie Wil­liams was played, as was You Only Get What You Give, by the New Rad­i­cals.

His step-fa­ther Peter Kidd also spoke to the con­gre­ga­tion.

Speak­ing di­rectly to Kyle, he said: “When you look in the sky and it is cloudy, your dad is the big­gest cloud up there and he will swamp you with love.

“When you look in the sky and the sun is shin­ing, that’s your dad warm­ing you with love.

“When it is rain­ing he is soak­ing you with love and when it is dark, find the bright­est star – it is ac­tu­ally your dad shin­ing down on you.”

Then fol­lowed, I’ll Be Miss­ing You, by Puff Daddy, a mo­ment’s si­lence and then a round of ap­plause. Mourn­ers filed out to Steven’s mix of Hurt You be­fore mak­ing their way to The Round­head in Bret­ton.

PRO­CES­SION: Mourn­ers carry Steven Bet­tyes’ cof­fin into Peter­bor­ough Cre­ma­to­rium yes­ter­day.

SADLY MISSED: Steve Bet­tyes, pic­tured with his six-year-old son Kyle.

HUGE TURNOUT: So many mourn­ers turned out for the funeral they could not all get into the chapel.

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