I met Derek around 1962 when he represented Beefeater Gin and I was with White Horse Distillers. We were both friends of Charles Worz, General Manager of the Europa Hotel, Grosvenor Square who was given a retirement party in 1975 by Alan Fairbrass, Gen Manager of the Westbury Hotel, including 31 friends who represented the Wines & Spirits trade in the Prestige Hotels of Londons’ West End. Following this Derek, I and two others met and formed the The West End Thir(s)ty One Association. This carried on for 30 years with an annual banquet and regular meetings and events. Derek was a keen golfer with the UKBG Golfing Society with headquarters at Mill Hill Colf Club, each January UKBG visited the Algarve, where the ABP (Associado Barmen de Portugal) hosted an annual week’s golf, accommodation and a banquet. We enjoyed this and the return visits of ABP to London. He was also a keen member of the UKBG and acted as Toast-master at the Annual Banquets. Derek will be sadly missed by his many friends made in London’s West End.
Peter Enright ( White Horse Whisky retired)
His funeral will take place on Monday 6 June at 2.30 pm at the Eltham Crematorium, Crown Woods Way, Rochester Way, Eltham, London SE9 2RF.