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It is fitting that St Bride's, the spiritual home of journalists from near and far, should be the church appropriately situated for the many joyous and sad occasions which are held within the walls of this great Christian edifice, described by a visitor in early May as 'stunningly beautiful.'
For example, earlier this month, the church was overflowing for a memorial service for the life of Mrs Lynda Lee-Potter, one of the most colourful and respected newspaper columnist of her generation. Her regular features in the Daily Mail were not only read by readers of that newspaper, but by her fellow journalists as well.
She frequently interviewed the so-called great and the good, many of whom became her friends and they attended the service in great numbers. The actress Joan Collins was there, as was the television chef Jamie Oliver and Mrs Oliver, Sir Henry and Lady Cooper and the TV and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford who gave one of the addresses. Many other famous names from various walks of life were present.
Although in many ways, these memorial services can be sad, they are also occasions for rejoicing and thanks for the life of the person involved. This service, during which the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams was heard, with his beautifully lilting The Lark Ascending, played by the violinist Tasmin Little, accompanied by Amanda Hurton on the piano, was one of those joyous, never-to-be-forgotten moments.