Hundreds of friends and past colleagues of former Daily Mirror editor Richard Stott filled St Clement Danes Church on the Strand for his memorial service last week.
Stott, who edited the Daily Mirror and The People twice as well as Today, was described by Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver as the enemy of the ‘self-serving, greedy and corrupt”.
She also recalled how he had continued to write his Mirror column from his hospital to near the point when he died, of pancreatic cancer.
A former Mirror colleague of Stott’s, Alastair Campbell, recalled his first words to him: ‘Are you the kid who hit Bob Edwards?’– when Edwards was editor of the Sunday Mirror and Campbell was on the Mirror training scheme.
Those attending the memorial, held in the same church where Stott had married his wife Penny, included former Lord Chancellor Derry Irvine; Trinity Mirror chief executive Sly Bailey; present Mirror editor Richard Wallace, and former Mirror editors Roy Greenslade, Colin Myler and Mike Malloy.
Actress Nichola McAuliffe, wife of Mirror reporter Don Mackay, sang Swing Low Sweet Chariot in honour of Stott’s love of rugby.