St Bride's: News - Ronnie Payne Memorial

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St Bride's: News

Ronnie Payne Memorial

Ronnie Payne Memorial

Ronnie Payne
6th February 1926 - 25th May 2013

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On Tuesday 8th October, at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving for the life of Ronnie Payne, journalist and foreign correspondent, was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.


The Venerable David Meara delivered the bidding:-

We gather in St Bride's, spiritual home of journalism, to celebrate the life and honour the memory of Ronnie Payne, irrepressible foreign correspondent, genial companion and bon viveur, who covered the end of the colonial era in the Middle East and North Africa. Ronnie reported on the Suez Crisis and the Yom Kippur War, and gained an interview with Colonel Gaddafi in Libya.

The son of a teetotal Methodist minister Ronnie began his Fleet Street career on the Evening Standard before joining the Telegraph. He collaborated with his fellow correspondent Christopher Dobson on a number of assignments, and with him co-authored a series of popular books.

We remember Ronnie today as a genuine Fleet Street character, who loved his work, his wine, and Celia his wife of 38 years. A man of wit, a warm companion who bore his final illness with great fortitude as befitted a former Royal Marine Commando. Once a Marine, always a Marine. We salute his memory and commend him to God in thanksgiving for a long life lived to the full.



Graham Paterson


Abraham Barzalai read Job 28: 12-28

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12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.

15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.

16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.

17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.

18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.

22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.

23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;

25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.

26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.

28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Paul Callan read Friendship by Randolph Bourne

Peter Millar read Excerpt from Samarkand by James Elroy Flecker


The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-

O nata lux - Tallis

Hear my prayer - Purcell

The trumpet shall sound - Handel

The Parting Glass - Irish Trad. arr. Gant

Sarie Marais - Royal Marines Commandos Regimental March


O God, Our Help In Ages Past

Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory

Onward Christian Soldiers


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