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Bobby Robson RIP
NUFC.com coverage September 2009
The afternoon of Monday September 21st saw an invited crowd around 1,000 people attend a service of remembrance for Sir Bobby Robson at Durham Cathedral.
Big screen beambacks to SJP (where around 2,000 attended) and Ipswich town centre enabled fans to follow proceedings, which included tributes from Gary Lineker (pictured), Sir Alex Ferguson and Bobby's former Fulham playing colleague and best man, Tom Wilson.
Professor Ruth Plummer also spoke about Bobby's battle with cancer and the legacy of the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre he helped to establish at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.
The Dean of Durham, Michael Sadgrove also spoke, as did Martin Wharton, Bishop of Newcastle - and SJP season ticket holder.
Lady Elsie Robson and sons Paul, Andrew and Mark were present, with Elsie saying afterwards that:
"It was the service Bobby wished for and he chose much of the music, like Pie Jesu, Nimrod and Nessun Dorma, himself.
Katherine Jenkins sang "Pie Jesu",
Tenors Unlimited provided "Nessun Dorma" and there were communal
renditions of “Praise my soul the king of heaven" and "Abide
The Very Rev Michael Sadgrove, dean, officiated and bade welcome, assisted by Canon David Kennedy, who led the prayers. Canon Robert Spence read the lesson and the Right Rev Martin Wharton, Bishop of Newcastle, gave a reflection. The Bishop of Jarrow pronounced the blessing.
Mr Paul Hayward read The Unifying Poem.
The Cathedral Choir was conducted by Canon James Lancelot, Master of the Choristers and Organist, and Mr Keith Wright played the organ. The Last Post was played by Mr Tom Glendinning, senior Lay Clerk.
The Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Lord Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, the Mayor of Ipswich, the Mayor of Durham, the chairman of Durham County Council, the deputy leader Newcastle Council attended.
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