A MURAL to remember "one of Brighton's finest" Derrick "The Perv" Furnival, could be painted in the city centre.

The poignant image will be created by Brighton art collective The Postman and will feature a colourful portrait of the beloved tour manager, who died in September.

Friends of Derrick have started a Gofundme page with the hope of raising £3,000 to pay for the project.

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Despite only being set up over the weekend, the online fundraiser has already raised move than £700.

In a post on the page, Brighton record label owner Tim Jeffery described Derrick as a “loyal and reliable friend” before adding that the city “will never be the same without him”.

He wrote: “Anyone in Brighton whose life involved clubbing or gigging for the past 40 years will have met Derrick, Del Boy, The Perv or whatever his in vogue nickname was at the time.

“You couldn’t miss him. Whether he was in punk regalia, topless with nipple piercings and chains, full Luftwaffe light blue uniform or, since the 90s, in one of his trademark cowboy hats, he was a force of nature.

“Derrick touched the lives of many thousands of people. He was the most loyal and reliable friend you could possibly have, a true gent, kind and with a big heart.

“I’ve seen him reunite with friends not seen for decades and pick up where they left off like it was only yesterday, a measure of how loved he was by everyone who came across his path.

“He was part of the fabric of Brighton, he leaves a hole in so many people’s lives as well as the city itself, it will never be the same without him.

“It’s heart-breaking that he’s gone. I still cannot believe that I will not see his cheeky grin and cowboy hat again.”

During his time as a tour manager, Derrick hosted bands around the world and stage-managed venues and festivals.

His funeral took place on September 21 and a wake in celebration of his life took place the Concorde 2 nightclub in Madeira Drive, Brighton.

To donate to the fundraiser, visit www.gofundme.com/f/mural-tribute-to-derrick-furnival

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