Dancing in the Street: Brixtonites commemorate hometown legend David Bowie – in video

Brixton residents celebrated the life and work of David Bowie with a street party on Monday evening.

A hastily arranged festival-style party was thrown outside the Ritzy cinema and thousands congregated to pay tribute to the music icon on the day he died.

Fans paid homage dressed in flamboyant outfits and fireworks were set off near the makeshift dance floor as a carnival atmosphere was created in Russell Square.

Lifelong Bowie fan Avril Du Plessis, 56, said: “He’s been the most influential musician in my life.

“I have a daughter who is also completely mad about him and she is devastated.”

Heartbroken fans recalled their personal experiences of the inspirational figure.

Anne Hayfield, 56, said: “David Bowie is really important to me. I think he made me the person I am today.

“People don’t realise that rock music was so macho before he came along.

“I think that his lasting legacy for me will be that I was always a shy little girl in my bedroom listening to his music, and it resonated with me as it did with an awful lot of people.”

Lifelong fans from across the globe gathered at the event in his honour.

Mr Dutton, 52, said: “My parents gave me a copy of Ziggy Stardust when I was eight years old, and I cannot tell you what a liberation that was, growing up in such a strict world in backwards south Australia.

“He’s a great role model. A very hard working, generous, clever, funny and stylish man. He means a huge deal to me.”

An abundance of flowers and messages were left outside his old house on Stansfield Road and underneath the vibrant Ziggy Stardust mural round the corner.

The party carried on into the night with Bowie classics playing on repeat.

Picture courtesy of DavidBowieVEVO via YouTube, with thanks

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