Men of Little Egypt

Bagman Derek

Derek Southgate

6 October 1932 - 22 September 2003

We are very sad to report Derek's passing.
He was a founding member of the Morris Men of Little Egypt, and our first Bagman.
His funeral, on 1 October, showed the respect with which so many people regarded him.

Our thoughts and sympathy are with Sylvie and his whole family.
"A true Man of Glemsford"

Derek, with Stuart and DoodsDerek (centre) with Stuart and Doods

Derek Southgate was the first to admit that he was not the youngest member of the side.
He had to regulate his dancing carefully, but joined in frequently and played a full part in the side.
It is giving away no secrets to reveal that, in 1997, we danced to celebrate his official retirement. He was also one of the members who was a long-time resident of the village, unlike some of us newcomers who haved lived here less than 20 years.

As Bagman, Derek played that all-important part in our side of dealing with bookings and correspondence, a task he carried out with ruthless efficiency.

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