Memorial held for Bernard Cribbins

Friday 13th October 2023, 11:13pm

A memorial plaque for Bernard Cribbins OBE in St Paul's Church, Covent Garden. Credit: BBC

A memorial service was held today for singer, actor and comic entertainer Bernard Cribbins OBE.

Born on 29th December 1928, he died last summer at the age of 93.

The service took place early this afternoon in St Paul's Church in Covent Garden, popularly known as the Actors' Church, with colleagues, friends and fans in attendance.

Following tributes from Cribbins's The Railway Children co-star Jenny Agutter and former BBC radio producer Martin Jenkins, Wombles composer Mike Batt led the congregation in a sing-along of the star's 1962 novelty hit song The Hole In The Ground.

Doctor Who actor Paul McGann also spoke at the service, reading from Arabel's Raven by Joan Aiken, before Reverend Simon Grigg delivered an address and prayer in Cribbins's memory.

Following a BBC-produced short film of remembrance - including, amongst others, clips from The Good Old Days, Doctor Who, Carry On Spying, The Railway Children and Fawlty Towers - Grigg unveiled a new plaque in the church dedicated to the late star's memory.

The service ended with the playing of Cribbins's own song, I'd Rather Go Fishing, named near identically to the quote inscribed on the memorial plaque.

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