Newspaper headlines: 'Didn't he do well' - Sir Bruce mourned

By BBC News

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Sir Bruce Forsyth in trademark pose, here at Glastonbury Festival

Saturday morning's papers are full of tributes to Sir Bruce Forsyth.

The headlines, as expected, make full use of a couple of his most famous catchphrases - "nice to see you" and "didn't he do well".

For the Daily Express, Brucie was "Mr Showbusiness from top to toe" who had the nation glued to their TV screens.

So much so, it says, that publicans campaigned to have Sunday Night at the Palladium start an hour later to stop pubs from emptying just before the show started at 21:00.

The Daily Mirror agrees that he captured the nation with an "old-school, sequinned brand of showbiz" that was somehow timeless.

According to the Daily Mail, Sir Bruce was "a perennially good-humoured life enhancer, who was never mean or malicious".

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Michael Hogan says the presenter was part of our "cultural DNA" and the last of the BBC's great entertainers.

"We are not afraid" is the headline in the i newspaper, referring to defiant chants from the crowds who took to the streets in Barcelona to pay their respects to those injured in Thursday's terrorist attacks.

But the Express says that message of defiance must be matched by serious action.

For the Telegraph, the atrocity is an opportunity for Britain and the EU to put aside their differences, and operate as allies in a dangerous world.

Europeans, it says must do what the extremists refuse to do - accept our differences and forge a new partnership.

The Sun takes a similar line, saying that Brexit does not mean we will desert our fellow Europeans in a time of crisis.

The Guardian has a warning from Stephen Hawking that the NHS is heading towards a US-style insurance system.

The physicist tells the paper that the crisis in the health service has been caused by political decisions - including underfunding and cuts - and the new contract imposed on junior doctors.

The government defended its record on the NHS, and insisted it is committed to a system that is free at the point of use.

The Times is somewhat dismissive of Sir Vince Cable's foray into the world of fiction, especially his attempts at a sex scene.

His novel, Open Arms, is out next month.

Although it is a political thriller, there is barely a Liberal Democrat in sight - although according to Sir Vince that is not because he thinks his party is marginal.

The Times begs to differ.

No doubt, it says, he focuses on Labour and the Tories because describing any sort of three-way split would be beyond his ability as a writer.

According to the Telegraph, commuters in London next week could be treated to an unusual sight as they cross Green Park.

A small flock of rare-breed sheep is to be introduced to graze the park's two wildflower meadows and encourage biodiversity.

They will be protected by both a wooden and electric fence, and be guarded by a shepherd during the day.

If the scheme is successful it will be extended to other royal parks, such as Hyde Park and Regent's Park.