Mr Martyn Bull
FORMER radio presenter, nightclub DJ and well-known taxi driver Martyn Bull has died, aged 60.
Born in Newport to Ron and Eva Bull, on August 19, 1956, Mr Bull went to Nine Acres Primary School, Carisbrooke High School and went on to study electronics at the IW Technical College.
The youngest of three brothers, Mr Bull, of Victoria Crescent, Ryde, sang in Newport’s St John’s Church choir for many years and had a love of banger racing and horse racing. He was an avid fan of Leeds United FC.
On leaving school, Mr Bull joined Ken Harbour’s radio and TV business in Nodehill, Newport, before moving on to Radio Rentals. He also worked at several car companies on the Island and had a short spell at British Gas.
His love of music and eloquence led him to set up his own DJ business. As well as playing at private functions across the Island, he became resident DJ at many popular Island nightclubs, including Squires, Barney’s, The Gloster, Eastcliff and, more recently, Chicago Rock Cafe and the Balcony.
Mr Bull’s ultimate passion was his family and it was at the Eastcliff nightclub in July 1981 he met his future wife, Debbie.
The pair married on August 31, 1985, and had two daughters, Gemma and Sam.
Mr Bull later discovered a passion for radio, starting at hospital radio and going on to have his own shows on IW Radio and Vectis Radio — earning himself the catchphrase "you can’t beat a bit of Bully".
Most recently, Mr Bull worked at Ryde Taxis as a driver, where he loved to meet and chat to people from all walks of life.
Mr Bull leaves his wife, daughters, grandchildren, Eva, Oliver, Sofia, Molly and Mason, and brothers, Roger and Keith.
His funeral will be held at the IW Crematorium next Friday, November 11, at 11.15am, followed by a wake at Smallbrook Stadium.
There will be a blue, white and yellow theme to represent his love for Leeds United.
l As Mr Bull was so well known on the Island, his family have set up a fundraising page, with donations going towards a memorial. You can donate at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/samantha-bull-1