Tributes paid to popular former Doncaster Northern Soul DJ after death at 79

Tributes have been paid to a former Doncaster DJ who was a stalwart of the Northern Soul scene following his death at the age of 79.
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Dennis Patterson-Haig was familiar to generations of the city’s dancers, spinning discs at a number of city pubs and clubs and championing the Northern Soul scene.

An obituary said Mr Patterson-Haig, who performed at the Time and Place in Bradford Row under the name Dennis Haig, died on March 15 at the age of 79.

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It added: “Re-united with his dearly beloved wife the late Linda Jean Patterson-Haig.”

Former Doncaster DJ Dennis Patterson-Haig has died.Former Doncaster DJ Dennis Patterson-Haig has died.
Former Doncaster DJ Dennis Patterson-Haig has died.

The funeral service will be held on Friday 19 April 2024 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 11am followed by burial at Rose Hill Cemetery at noon.

One friend wrote: “I am sorry to hear of the passing of my dear friend, the music man Dennis.

"Many a time when I was a young lad he would let me put music on his jukebox.

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"I was greatly inspired by his knowledge of 50s and 60s music which led to me loving American Doo-wop music from the 50s.

"He also had claim of the most records collected in Doncaster - about forty thousand stacked to the ceiling in Coca Cola boxes.”

Northern Soul emerged in northern England and the Midlands in the early 1970s, based on a particular style of Black American soul music with a heavy beat and fast tempo and attracted devotees to all-nighters at famed clubs such as Wigan Casino and the Twisted Wheel in Manchester.

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