Tributes have been paid to a nurse who inspired a hit song by Britpop band Pulp after she died following a battle with cancer.
Deborah Bone, who was a childhood friend of lead singer Jarvis Cocker, had just been awarded an MBE and was described as working “tirelessly” to help others.
Mrs Bone, who was recognised in the New Year Honours list for services to children’s mental health, was referred to by name in the lyrics of Disco 2000.
Cocker is reported to have sung the 1995 track at her 50th birthday party.
It includes the lyrics: “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.”
Mrs Bone, 51, used an online blog to document her battle with bone marrow cancer, which she was diagnosed with in January 2013.
Her husband, Colin, told The Comet newspaper in Stevenage: “Learning Deborah had been awarded an MBE was a very emotional experience. Her first thoughts characteristically were for the other people who helped to make her achievements possible.
“I shall be so proud to attend the MBE award ceremony on her behalf accompanied by her daughter Pollyanna who is following in her mother’s footsteps working for the NHS and already achieving national recognition.”
In a statement on Mrs Bone’s website, her family wrote: “She loved life and fought to the end.
“Deborah was a truly inspirational woman, always putting other people before herself.”
Mrs Bone leaves her husband, two daughters and a grandson.