David Bowie street party declared in his hometown of Brixton

His life to fittingly be remembered with Dancin' In the Street

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The people of Brixton, London are expected to gather outside The Ritzy tonight, to celebrate the vibrant life and work of their late local boy, David Bowie.

Flowers and messages have been left in front of the mural that is daubed on a wall of a Morley's store in the district and has led to a Facebook event being set up for a gathering of Bowie fans.

'Bowie's time on this Earth may be over, but he sure left us some great music,' the description reads. 'Today is a day to gather together and celebrate. 

'Please share with anyone you think would be able to help with music or any other element of this event - bring instruments, speakers, food and most importantly love.'

(Picture: Pritham Bhatia)

As those words suggest, this event - scheduled for 7pm tonight - is a bit makeshift, but interest is snowballing regardless (I'm just sat here hitting refresh watching more and more FB friends appear on the attending list).

"It's very much  a  whatever happens, happens, event," Honor Louise, who set up the FB event after seeing a tweet calling for Brixton Bowie party, told Independent.co.uk. "It's about the connectedness, the experience of people getting together with a shared cause and the emotion behind it. I'm taking my guitar and I hope others do the same."

Bowie was born in Brixton, and his family lived at 40 Stansfield Road, near the border with Stockwell. 

The Ritzy cinema paid a simple but touching tribute to Bowie this morning, changing its facade letters which usually show film timings to simply: 'DAVID BOWIE. OUR BRIXTON BOY. RIP.'