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St Bride's: News

Bill Bateson Memorial

Bill Bateson
(1935 - 2009)

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A Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Bill Bateson, former Sports Editor of The News Of The World, was held at St Bride' s on 16th February 2010. The service was conducted by the Rector.

The Venerable David Meara delivered the Bidding:

We gather in St Bride's to celebrate a legend of Fleet Street, Bill Bateson, Sports Editor for 34 years at the News of the World, a seasoned and consummate professional who served more than 14 editors of that paper, but who will be remembered as a larger than life character, a man at the centre of every party, a keen golfer and a passionate Arsenal fan.

He was an extremely popular man, a loyal and supportive boss whose jovial nature concealed a determination to produce the best sports journalisms in the business; a loving husband to Glenys and father to Sally and Paul. His untimely death leaves a huge gap in your lives, but also memories of a very special man. As we commend him to God today we pray that at the end of his time here on earth is the eternity of God's love.



Gary Linker, former England football captain and News Of The World columnist;
Peter Hayter, whose last father Reg was a colleague and close friend;
Tom Crone, lawyer, News International.


Patrick Collins read 1 Corinthians 15
Sally Read (Bill's daughter) read an extract from The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Jon Ryan read an extract from Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby


St Bride's Choir performed the following Anthems & Songs:
O Taste And See - Vaughan Williams
O Salutaris Hostia - Tallis
My Old Dutch - Chevalier/Ingle arr. R Jones
'March Of The Toreadors' from Carmen - Bizet
What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor? - Traditional arr. R Jones

Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer
Lord Of The Dance
Rule Britannia

Last Orders from Bill Bateson - written by Bill in August 2009 & printed in the Order of Service


Ahoy There, and thanks for coming to see me off. I know it's a bit of a corny
cliché to talk about a "celebration" of anyone's time on this planet but I honestly
hope there are no tears - and plenty of cheers today. I've had a great time -
honest!!! I've been a very lucky old boy. Had a marvellous wife and family -
thanks Glen for marrying me and letting me love you for all these years and so
many thanks for presenting me with Paul and Sally. They in turn brought me
Kate and Crispin, giving me in my view, a family of TWO sons and TWO
daughters. Plus, of course, five little treasures in Maisie, Billy, Ben, Jessica and
Nancy. And I've had the best bunch of REAL pals that anyone could possibly
find anywhere in this wonderful world. I hadn't realised how many really nice
people I have in my address book. Not only that but I've been in a job for most of
my time that I really loved and enjoyed.

Plus, of course, somebody up there decided that I should be a Gooner, (like my
dear old Dad) and I've had so many great times following Arsenal to triumph
after triumph (well most of the time anyway!).

See what I mean about being lucky?

I hope no-one is offended by this unusual introduction. Apologies if necessary,
but please keep smiling and, if you like, give me a cheer. Yes - it's quite informal,
but I hope you chaps are wearing a tie - I am! In the meantime, I shall pinch a
line from dear ol' Gracie Fields and ask you to "wish me luck as you wave me

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