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23rd November 2012
On Wednesday 5th December, 2012, at 11:30am, a funeral service was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street for Noel Botham, journalist, writer & landlord.
The Venerable David Meara delivered the bidding:-
We have come together in St Bride's today to remember before God, Noel Botham, journalist, writer, and larger than life landlord of one of Soho's leading waterholes, to give thanks for his life, to commend his soul to God, our merciful redeemer, and to comfort one another in our sadness.
We praise thee as we recollect his life and cherish his memory. We bless thee that in bearing thine image he has brought life to our lives; For we have seen In his friendship reflections of thy compassion, in his integrity demonstrations of thy goodness, in his faithfulness glimpses of thine eternal love. Grant to each of us the Grace to follow his good example so that we with him may come to thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.
Malcolm Tierney read The Beatitudes from Sermon On The Mount
Struan Rodger read Letters from the Heart by Noel Botham
Tim Woodward read Act IV Scene 3 from Henry V by Shakespeare
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
Kenny Clayton played piano music before the service
The Sentences - Croft
What A Wonderful World - Weiss/Theile, arr. Jones
Summertime - Gershwin arr Jones/Morley
The Lord Bless You And Keep You - Rutter
All Things Bright And Beautiful
Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory Of The Coming Of The Lord
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