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Gombeys gathered yesterday to celebrate the life of Francis Llewellyn Spencer “Merry Mice” Darrell — a well-loved Gombey captain who died on August 22.

“Its basically a celebration of the life he lived,” said his son, Andrei Simons.

Mr Darrell, a former Pembroke resident, had moved and resided in the United States and died at the age of 83.

Mr Simons, a Gombey captain himself, said he wanted to put together a tribute for his father with the people “that were really close to us”.

According to Mr Simons, his father started dancing when he was about eight years old and “with the entertainer he was, it was always a big party”.

He pointed out that his father's legacy lives on through his children, adding that “all my children have danced”. The celebration of Mr Darrell's life was held at Ewing Street car park.

Merry Mice Tribute: Devondae Warner from Gombey Warriors. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Gombey troops from around the island gathered at a Court Street parking lot to pay tribute to the late Gombey captain Francis Llewellyn Spencer 'Merry Mice' Darrell. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Family members of the late Gombey captain Francis Llewellyn Spencer 'Merry Mice tribute ' Darrell gather for a photo. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Former Warwick Gombey Ivan Trott shows he still got it. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Gombey troops from around the island gathered at a Court Street parking lot to pay tribute to the late Gombey captain Francis Llewellyn Spencer 'Merry Mice tribute ' Darrell. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published September 05, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated September 05, 2015 at 2:26 am)

Celebrating ‘Merry Mice’ – Gombey-style

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