Inspiration for Pulp’s hit single dies aged 51

Deborah Bone and Jarvis Cocker
Deborah Bone and Jarvis Cocker

A nurse who inspired one of Sheffield band Pulp’s most-famous songs has died shortly after being made an MBE.

Deborah Bone, a childhood friend of Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker – who grew up in Intake – died on Tuesday following a battle against bone marrow cancer.

She was the inspiration behind Britpop anthem Disco 2000, which reached number seven in the charts in 1995.

Its lyrics included the lines: “Well we were born within one hour of each other. Our mothers said we could be sister and brother.

“Your name is Deborah. Deborah. It never suited ya.”

Her honour, awarded for services to children and young people, was officially announced last Tuesday, the same evening she died aged 51.

Mrs Bone, who was born in Sheffield and lived in Letchworth in Hertfordshire, set up the Step2 health service for the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust in Stevenage.

She leaves a husband, Colin, and daughters Pollyanna and Jemima.

On a blog post from July 2013, Deborah said Jarvis had sung Disco 2000 to her in front of her friends and family on her 50th birthday.

Her funeral will be held next Friday in Hertfordshire.