Bill Turnbull’s funeral recalls ‘centuries ago’ just like Philip’s – Reverend

The reverend who led Bill Turnbull’s funeral said the private ceremony was similar to the Duke of Edinburgh’s in that it had “lovely rich language” looking back “centuries ago”.

ev Nic Stuchfield described Turnbull, known as one of BBC Breakfast’s longest-serving hosts, as a “truth seeker” and a “lovable person”.

TV presenter and journalist Turnbull died on August 31 at the age of 66 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2017.


Bill Turnbull (Ian West / PA)

Close family and friends, including broadcasters Charlie Stayt and Susanna Reid, attended the service at Holy Trinity Church in Blythburgh, Suffolk.

Rev Stuchfield, who met Turnbull more than two years ago, told the PA news agency: “It is very similar to the service the Duke of Edinburgh gave his funeral last year and so it has rich language. lovely that we look back on centuries past. “

He added: “He’s exactly what you’d expect when you see him from the TV personality – very sharp, good-natured although his body has clearly not worked well over the past few years.

“He is a journalist and he is very eager to learn.

“He is a truth seeker and he is just a lovely person and I have had countless people come and talk to me over the past few weeks about how much they love him and how much they miss him. how big he is, and he’s actually in real life, someone people know from the Breakfast show and elsewhere in his media history. “


Pallbearers carry the coffin of Bill Turnbull (Joe Giddens/PA)

Turnbull began his broadcasting career at Radio Clyde in Scotland in 1978, joining the BBC as a correspondent for the Today program in 1986 before becoming a correspondent for BBC Breakfast Time for two years. then, and then a correspondent for BBC News, covering more than 30 countries.

After returning to the UK, he became one of the main presenters on BBC News 24, as it was then called, before joining BBC Breakfast in 2001.

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He is survived by his wife Sesi, whom he married in March 1988, and their three children. Bill Turnbull’s funeral recalls ‘centuries ago’ just like Philip’s – Reverend

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