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St Bride's: News

Roland Dallas Memorial

Roland Dallas Memorial

Roland Dallas
8th October 1935 - 8th June 2013

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On Thursday 31st October, 2013 at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving for the life of Roland Dallas was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.


The Venerable David Meara delivered the bidding:-

We gather today to celebrate the life and honour the memory of Roland Dallas, an instinctive and accomplished journalist who was editor for many years of the Economist's Foreign Report, an eight page digest of news, stories and speculative pieces from around the world.

Roland had a flair for cultivating contacts and making full use of their intriguing titbits of information. He moved from country to country with ease, and made friends wherever he went. He was proficient in more than five languages and had a particular passion for Latin America.

Above all, we remember a man who cut a dashing figure, a journalist to his fingertips, bold and intrepid, but also kind and gentle.

As we give thanks for having known him, we commend him to Almighty God, trusting that at the end of our brief day is the eternity of God's love.



Barbara Nelson

Sarah Dallas & Sebastien Grech

Johnny Grimond


Kate Dallas read 1 Corinthians 13

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13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Rita Dallas read Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

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Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


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

O Taste and See - Vaughan Williams

Siciliano from Sonata No 1 in G minor - Bach (played by Dietrich Lasius)

I Will Sing Unto The Lord - Purcell

Panis Angelicus - Franck

They Can't Take That Away From Me - Gershwin

Toccata in G major (BWV 916) - Bach


Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind



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