Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart: BBC DJ's funeral held in Bournemouth

  • 29 January 2016
  • From the section Dorset
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Image caption Ed "Stewpot" Stewart died earlier this month a few days after having a stroke

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of former BBC DJ and Crackerjack presenter Ed "Stewpot" Stewart in his hometown.

The service for the 74-year-old, who died earlier this month a few days after having a stroke, was held at St Peter's Church in Bournemouth.

Stewart's broadcasting career spanned more than five decades.

Fellow DJ Mike Read, actress and singer Anita Harris, and comedian Bobby Davro were among the congregation.

Former snooker player John Virgo also attended.

Image caption Brightly coloured flowers adorned Stewart's coffin as it was carried into St Peter's church

The service, which was led by the Reverend Dr Ian Terry, included the hymns Amazing Grace and Lord Of The Dance, as well as the song You'll Never Walk Alone.

There was also a farewell address by the Grand Order of the Water Rats - an entertainment industry fraternity - of which Devon-born Stewart was a member.

A private cremation followed the church service.

Image caption Fellow DJ Mike Read arrived for the service in Bournemouth

Dr Terry said the service would "celebrate the life of somebody who just loved life".

"It's a service of thanksgiving for Ed who, through the radio and through the television, gave enjoyment and fun," he added.

Image caption Actress and singer Anita Harris - who sang with the Cliff Adams Singers in the 1960s and appeared in the Carry On films Follow That Camel and Carry On Doctor - is also among the congregation

Stewart started out as an announcer, film critic and rugby reporter with Radio Hong Kong.

He was one of the first presenters on Radio 1 when it launched in 1967, and a Radio 2 presenter for 15 years - during which he broadcast from the summits of Ben Nevis and Snowdon, Mount Vesuvius volcano in Italy, and also from the Falkland Islands.

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Image caption Off air Stewart, seen here in 1981, was a keen golfer and dedicated Everton FC fan

On television, Stewart went on to become a regular Top of the Pops presenter in the 1970s and was best known for children's favourite Crackerjack, which he hosted from 1973 to 1979.

He was also a longstanding presenter of children's show Junior Choice, which was last broadcast on BBC Radio 2 over Christmas.

On it he coined his trademark catchphrase: '''Ello darling."

Image caption Hundred of people packed St Peter's Church in Bournemouth for the service

Stewart is survived by his two children, Francesca and Marco, and four grandchildren.

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