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A sound send-off for Hemel Hempstead grandfather Dennis

8/9/2011
Denn Huke has many gramaphones at his Hemel Hempstead home.

8/9/2011 Denn Huke has many gramaphones at his Hemel Hempstead home.

A gramophone and vintage car enthusiast from Hemel Hempstead has died aged 78.

The funeral of grandfather Dennis Huke was held last Monday and featured several tributes from friends and family, as well as a sound recording of the man himself singing as a young soprano in 1948.

The colourful character drove a perfect condition vintage Austin 7 which was well-known around the town, and also had a remarkable collection of gramophones from every era in music from the 1900s to the 1970s.

The magnificent machines – along with associated gear including paintings and postcards which double up as records and the needles needed to play them – adorned his Vauxhall Road home.

He originally went hunting for his first gramophone to play an old recording of himself aged 12, singing on BBC Radio after winning the award for best boy soprano at the Norwich Music Festival.

Known to friends as Den, the father and brother was also heavily involved in the Spirit of Dacorum rally of vintage cars.

The annual event helps to raise thousands of pounds for the Dacorum Community Trust.

 

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