Nurse who inspired Pulp’s Disco 2000 dies at 51

Deborah Bone and Jarvis Cocker
Deborah Bone and Jarvis Cocker

A mental health nurse who inspired one of Pulp’s most-famous songs has died at the age of 51 - shortly after learning she had been awarded an MBE.

Deborah Bone, a childhood friend of the Sheffield band’s frontman Jarvis Cocker, died on Tuesday following a battle against bone marrow cancer.

She was the inspiration behind Britpop anthem Disco 2000.

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.

“Oh they thought that when we grew up we’d get married, never split up. We never did it although often I thought of it.”

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

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.

In a post on her blog, where she wrote about her illness, her husband Colin and daughters Pollyanna and Jemima wrote: “She loved life and fought to the end.

“Deborah was a truly inspirational woman, always putting other people before herself. She worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those around her and it is with great pride we can tell you that in the New Years honours list 2015 she received an MBE for her services to children’s mental health.”

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.

She said: “My childhood friend, Jarvis, took to the stage and sang Disco 2000, to me, for me, about me. How could that happen?

“I will never forget that moment for as long or as short of a time I have left on this planet.”

Her funeral will be held on January 16 at 11am in Hinxworth, Hertfordshire.