The funeral of Sally Hannon today was very moving and humbling. The service was beautiful, put together with great style by Sally's family and the clergy led by Father Bernard Dagnall.
There were so many highlights. Joan Baez singing "Forever Young" was one. The Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police (a very impressive lady) read the lesson from Isaiah. We sang "Jerusalem" and "I, the Lord of Sea and Sky". Leighton Andrews AM read from the Letter of St James. Father Bernard spoke of "comfort" in the old (prodding people into action) sense of the word and the new sense of the word, both qualities which Sally had.
The church was well full and many stayed for refreshments afterwards.
As usual, of course, for a life-long Liberal as Sally was, we had the singing of "The Land". As was observed by one blogger at a recent funeral elsewhere, this is always good for a laugh. The congregation was remarkably cross-party and one always enjoys seeing them "pulled along" into singing "The Land".