#information Sian Williams, Susanna Reid and Naga Munchetty arrive for Bill Turnbull’s funeral #WorldNews
BBC broadcasters together with Sian Williams, Charlie Stayt, Susanna Reid and Naga Munchetty had been amongst these celebrating the life and legacy of their ‘nice buddy’ Bill Turnbull at his funeral in his beloved Suffolk in the present day.
The former BBC Breakfast presenter died on August 31 aged 66 after a ‘difficult and dedicated battle in opposition to prostate most cancers’, which was recognized in November 2017.
Mr Turnbull’s two sons and son-in-law had been among the many six pallbearers carrying his oak coffin, adorned with a crimson rose and purple bouquet, into the church.
Family and shut mates, together with his BBC Breakfast co-hosts, attended a personal ceremony at Holy Trinity church in Blythburgh, on Friday afternoon. Ms Reid made it to Suffolk hours after queuing by the night time
Sian Williams, who anchored BBC Breakfast with Turnbull for greater than a decade, informed the PA information company: ‘I feel it’s a day of disappointment and reflection, and I hope someday in the present day there will even be time to have fun his life as a result of he was an important buddy and an important man.
‘And he has so many various connections to so many various individuals who cherish him that I hope we are able to have that point collectively the place we are able to share these reminiscences.
Pallbearers carry the coffin of TV presenter and journalist Bill Turnbull into Holy Trinity Church in Blythburgh, Suffolk for his funeral
Susanna Reid (left) and Sian Williams arrive for the funeral to say goodbye to their nice buddy a colleague
BBC presenter Naga Munchetty mentioned she is going to bear in mind Turnbull as a ‘humorous, charming, cheeky man’.
Charlotte Hawkins labored with Bill at Classic FM and stuffed in for him when he grew to become unwell with most cancers
Martha Kearney (left) and Charlie Stayt (proper) arrive
BBC presenter Louise Minchin joined colleagues to have fun the lifetime of the broadcaster
Sports journalist Mike Bushell labored on BBC Breakfast with Mr Turnbull
Chris Hollins and spouse Sarah Alexander file into the church
‘I want he had been capable of perceive how a lot he was valued, and I feel it’s unimaginable the variety of folks right here who simply wished to return and have fun and pay their respects to him.
‘Bill made lots of mates and he was a really loyal buddy and he was nice to work with as knowledgeable, however once you’re sitting alongside somebody like that there’s a lot of belief that goes with that.
‘I feel the explanation that so many individuals have turned out in the present day to pay their respects – to consider him and share reminiscences of him and to have fun him – is as a result of he was a superb man.
‘He was an important bloke, he was nice to work with, he was an important buddy and you see that right here with the quantity of people that wished to precise that.’
Sian Williams was accompanied by Susanna Reid, who got here up from London after seeing the Queen’s coffin
BBC presenter Louise Minchin hugs a mourner
Wycombe Wanderers supervisor Gareth Ainsworth was there to signify his beloved soccer membership
Ms Williams mentioned she is going to bear in mind Turnbull ‘with a smile’.
Other well-known names to attend embrace Martha Kearney, Mike Bushell, Louise Minchin, Charlotte Hawkins and Nick Robinson.
BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, who shared the crimson couch with Turnbull for a number of years, informed the PA information company: ‘Bill was the grammar hammer; he was so on prime of his grammar plurals, singulars… He was throughout it.
‘He was passionate concerning the job and passionate concerning the journalism and passionate concerning the viewers.
‘The viewers was all that mattered and all that does matter and Bill by no means forgot that – he was a pleasure to take a seat beside.
‘To sit subsequent to Bill was at all times an expertise, it was at all times enjoyable, it was at all times targeted nevertheless it was additionally concerning the viewers.
‘It was telling the story, being a part of the story, which is at all times a privilege, and listening to folks’s experiences and serving to to relay these to our viewers.
‘It was the viewers – that is what Bill was about.’
Ms Munchetty mentioned she is going to bear in mind Turnbull as a ‘humorous, charming, cheeky man’.
Turnbull’s two sons and son-in-law had been among the many six pallbearers carrying his oak coffin, adorned with a crimson rose and purple bouquet, into the church.
The broadcaster had been an avid supporter of Wycombe Wanderers throughout his life, and the membership’s supervisor, Gareth Ainsworth, attended the funeral sporting black sun shades.
A signed Wycombe Wanderers shirt with the quantity 60 had been positioned on a bench exterior the church as mourners filed in to have fun the lifetime of the veteran journalist.
Turnbull began his broadcasting profession at Scotland’s Radio Clyde in 1978, becoming a member of the BBC as a reporter for Radio 4’s Today programme in 1986 earlier than changing into a reporter for BBC’s Breakfast Time two years later.
In 1990, he grew to become a correspondent for BBC News and reported from greater than 30 international locations, masking notable tales together with the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the OJ Simpson trial within the US.
After shifting again to the UK, he grew to become one of many predominant presenters on BBC News 24, because it was then known as.
Turnbull additionally labored for BBC Radio 5 Live, together with presenting Weekend Breakfast.
He was recognized with prostate most cancers in November 2017 and later fronted the Channel 4 documentary Bill Turnbull: Staying Alive.
Other notable TV appearances included BBC One’s Songs Of Praise and Strictly Come Dancing.
In 2016, he joined Classic FM, the place he hosted programmes on Saturdays and Sundays, and additionally launched and introduced Classic FM’s Pet Classics, to assist maintain pets and their homeowners relaxed throughout fireworks season.
Turnbull had a ardour for beekeeping, resulting in the 2011 publication of his e-book The Bad Beekeepers Club, a humorous account of the ups and downs of an apiarist.