St Bride's: News - Harry Carpenter Memorial

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St Bride's: News

Harry Carpenter Memorial

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Harry Carpenter, OBE
17th October 1925-
20th March 2010

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A Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Harry Carpenter, the "voice of boxing", was held at St Bride's on Tuesday, 25th May, 2010.

The Venerable David Meara delivered the Bidding:

One of the tributes to the man whom we have gathered in St Bride's to remember today described Harry Carpenter as "having the quiet authority of a friendly vicar". I hope Harry would appreciate the appropriateness of the friendly vicar of Fleet Street opening this service celebration of his life.

I do so gladly, and with pride, because Harry's was a voice I grew up with in the 60's, a golden age for broadcasting in which he was the anchor-man for the BBC set-piece outside broadcasts, the presenter of Sports-night, Grandstand and Sport Personality of the Year, and in particular the voice of boxing.

But his career began as a newspaper journalist on the Greyhound Express, The Sporting Record, and then the Daily Mail here in Fleet Street before he moved fully into the world of broadcasting.

We celebrate today an unflappable, wholly professional and much loved sports commentator, a true gentleman with an encyclopaedic memory and a wonderfully distinctive voice (Link to BBC website audio footage).

We commend him today to God in thanksgiving for all he gave to so many, and trusting that at the end of his brief day is the eternity of God's love.



Barry McGuigan, former world feather-weight champion
Peter Alliss, former Rider Cup Captain & BBC broadcaster
Des Lynam, BBC broadcaster, read a tribute from Frank Bruno, former world heavy-weight champion


Clive Carpenter, son, read Ecclesiastes 3, v 1-13
Virginia Wade, women's singles champion at Wimbledon in 1977, read If by Rudyard Kipling
Sir Paul Fox, CBE, former controller of BBC 1, read an excerpt from Harry's autobiography, Where's Harry?


St Bride's Choir performed the following:
Locus Iste - Bruckner
Cantique de Jean Racine - Fauré
Gloria from Mass in B flat - Mozart
Summertime - Gershwin arr. R Jones
The Parting Glass - Irish trad. arr. A Gant

Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven
I Vow To Thee, My Country

BBC News website
Frank Keating @ The Guardian
Simon Barnes @ The Times
The Telegraph
Steve Bunce @ The Independent
The Daily Mail

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