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On Thursday 9th June 2011 at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving for the life of Mark Hanson was held at St Bride's Church.
The Venerable David Meara delivered the Bidding:
We meet today in St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, to celebrate the life and to honour the memory of Mark Hanson, public relations consultant and media strategist, deputy-managing director of Wolfstar Consultancy, who played a key role in the Labour Party's new media strategy.
We celebrate a truly professional PR practitioner, but also a man who struggled with his own demons, in particular depression, a battle he tragically lost. As today we mourn his untimely death, so we give thanks for the privilege of having known him, and we commend him to our heavenly Father, trusting that at the end of our brief day is the eternity of God's love.
Clare Hanson, Mark's widow, read Matthew 11, v.25-30
25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Sean Williams, read "She's still a grand old Lady" by Mark Hanson
Alex Hilton, read Look up, Hannah from The Great Dictator
I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an Emperor - that's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone, if possible -- Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another; human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there's room for everyone and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful.
But we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me I say, "Do not despair." The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass and dictators die; and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel; who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate; only the unloved hate, the unloved and the unnatural.
Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written, "the kingdom of God is within man" -- not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men, in you, you the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power! Let us all unite!! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie! They do not fulfill their promise; they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people!! Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise!! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness.
In the name of democracy, let us all unite!!!
Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting. The sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and brutality.
Look up, Hannah. The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow -- into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me, and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up.
The choir & organist of St Bride's Choir performed the following anthems and songs:
God Be In My Head - Walford Davies
Bring Us, O Lord God - Harris
Perfect Day - Lou Reed, arr. Morley
Wonderwall - Noel Gallagher, arr. Morley
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah - Handel
Guide Me, O Thou Great Redemmer
Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven
The family will forever treasure the words that many have written about Mark. They also offer their thanks for the donations made to Mind and the Mayhew Animal Home and the offers and ideas that have been suggested to help others suffering from mental illness. In response, a micro site has been set up to co-ordinate this at:- www.markhanson.org.uk
Total Politics, Shane Greer & Iain Dale
Guardian, Clare Francis