Dalkeith-born rock star’s homecoming memories

Fish (real name Derek Dick)
Fish (real name Derek Dick)

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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