Dalkeith-born rock star’s homecoming memories

Fish (real name Derek Dick)

Fish (real name Derek Dick)

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Former Marillion frontman Fish is excited about his September homecoming show at his former workplace of Dalkeith Country park.

The 56 year-old ex-Dalkeith High and King’s Park Primary School pupil spoke to the Advertiser about his co-headlining slot with the Fratellis at the Midstock music festival at Dalkeith Country Park on September 12.

He said: “It will be special playing at the place where I worked occasionally for the Duke of Buccleuch’s forestry department, picking plants and stuff. That was my side of town. I used to run about down Grannies Park so I’m very aware of the area.

“I lived in Glebe Street in Dalkeith from when I was born until I left home at about 18 or 19. I have done so much travelling now and I have been living in Haddington longer, but Dalkeith is my home.

“It’s a special gig for me because that’s where I was born, the first place I listened to music was Dalkeith, it was my formative years. I can remember standing at the doors of Woolworths in Dalkeith waiting for (Genesis album) the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.”

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