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Stephen Darrington 'Steve'

1949 - 2024

Passed away at Poole Hospital on 28th June 2024 aged 74 years.
Dearly loved Son, Brother, & Father, who was respected by all his family and friends and will be much sadly missed by all.
Steve’s funeral service will be held at Swanage Royal British Legion on Wednesday 24th July 2024. Arrival from 12.00 noon for a 12.30 pm start.
Following the service there will be a celebration in the Legion to give Steve a good send off!
Please wear bright and colourful clothing.


Donations will be gifted to the following charities:

  • Purbeck Youth Music
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  1. Sending my condolences to all… he will be sadly missed. I am ex Packhorse Case Co

    Amanda Hamilton
  2. I cannot make it but i would like to say this. A few years ago my wife and i came to Bournemouth for two evening Arts festival events. Looking round for somewhere to go in the daytime my pal said ‘Hey, did you know there’s some sort of Blues Festival on and it’s only a tenner’ and the rest as they say is history. Steve (although i didn’t know it was him then) was on the platform at the Railway Station with the buskers. Seeing the guitarists having trouble hearing the drums at the other end he told this chap near me ‘grab that washboard stand there and play it in time to those drums’

    I have no idea who he was but it worked a treat.

    I suspect October will be one hell of a party.

    John Voisey
  3. I knew Steve from the Nags Head in High Wycombe and played Swanage for the first time in 2002, performing at almost every Swanage Blues after that. We were both musicians who got involved in organising Festivals and I was happy to help him out by running some gigs. With 2 Festivals taking place outside of the traditional holiday season, I don’t think that he was ever given the credit that he deserved for the contribution to Swanage’s economy. Steve and I often phoned each other just for a chat and we saw many things from the same perspective. He was truly to me a ‘kindred spirit’.

    Robert Hokum
  4. Very sad. Steve will be sorely missed. Thoughts are with family and friends.
    Cousin in Australia.

    Brenda Jones
  5. Dear Steve, you devoted your life to Music, and to the Swanage Blues Festival, and through your devotion you united so many people, from so many places, who would not have come together if it were not for you. My heartfelt thanks always for the Swanage Blues Festival, for the friendships made there, and the memories that will live on in hearts and minds for a very long time. You cannot be forgotten, you will not be forgotten and you will live on forever in our hearts. Rest easy my friend.

    Paul Dubbelman
  6. Sending condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.

    Caroline Landy
  7. Steve, you were an enigma, a musical genius and a perfect gentleman. To have known you was a pleasure and to have been able to provide a venue for your wonderful festivals was a benefit not just to us as a business but to our beautiful town.
    I hope you are enjoying the music wherever you are, love and respect to you and all you family xx

    Jane MacAulay
  8. What a man what a musician. Use to see him perform with Brewers Droop at the 100 club in London. Bumped into him playing a gig in Corfe and he persuaded me to come to S B F been going ever since.what great times I’ve had all down to him
    Rest in peace lovely man

    Ray Gillman

Service Details

Wednesday, July 24th 2024 - 12:30
Swanage Royal British Legion, 150 High Street, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2PA
James Smith Funeral Directors
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