Finding a fitting venue for Bill's memorial

Axegrinder predicted that tributes to the late Bill Deedes would continue to pour in. Even The New York Times had its say recently ‒ albeit several weeks after Dear Bill died.

I now hear that plans are under way for a memorial service to be held in November. Although Bill had suggested it should be held at St Bride’s, the journalists’ church in Fleet Street, his son Jeremy suggested instead the Guard’s Chapel in Westminster. But now some are saying this might be too small. Axegrinder will be keeping you informed.

Axe has also heard that, although Bill didn’t consider himself a fashion icon, he was proud that a safari jacket he bought before covering the fighting in Abyssinia in 1935 would still fit him perfectly well.

“There aren’t many men of my age who can have that record,” he would tell friends who came to visit him in Kent in his final months. He kept the jacket as a souvenir in his bedroom, and would point out that it had been bought at Austin Reed.

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