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Legendary ‘Donny Dancer’ to be given fitting musical send-off

Written by on 25/09/2020

The funeral details have been announced for a Doncaster “legend” who danced and sang his way into the hearts of the people in the town.

Gary Marshall, more well known as the Donny Dancer, was famed for dressing in his signature sunglasses and leather jacket to blast out 80s and 90s tunes on his portable speaker.

The 55-year-old was a regular sight on the streets of Doncaster town centre and became a viral sensation with his own YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Now his family have announced tat he will be given the “fitting send off her deserves” after his death was announced on August 31.

The funeral will be on September 30 and will feature some of his favourite music being played.

His cousin Anne Fisher has urged as many people to come as possible to listen to the service outside to help send him off in style.

Gary Marshall in his 20s
(Image: Family picture)

She said: “On Wednesday September 30 at 10.40am, we will lay to rest Gary Marshall, or you may have known him as The Donny Dancer.

“He will start his journey at around 10am going through the Town of Doncaster slowly, and some of his favourite music being played.

“Then he will finish his journey at Rose Hill Crematorium where he will be sent off in true Gary/ Donny Dancer style.

“We are only aloud 25 people to go inside and some of them places have been taken, but you are more than welcome to listen to the service outside.

“I would like as many of you that can come to send him off in style with me, as he made so many people smile and laugh and even sing.

“So please help me make his last day very special.

“If you do attend wear colourful, game related or Star Wars clothes as that’s what he loved.”

At the time of his death hundreds of people paid tribute to him online with many saying he “boogied his way into the hearts of the town”.

A Gofundme page has also been set up to raise vital funds for Gary’s funeral and head stone.

If you would like to donate to the page you can do so here.