Radio 2 boss reads Desmond Carrington eulogy

The Head of BBC Radio 2, Lewis Carnie, has paid tribute to broadcaster Desmond Carrington at his funeral in Perth.

A service was held at the city’s crematorium yesterday (Wednesday 15th February 2017) for the broadcaster, who died earlier this month aged 90.

Desmond had hosted his Friday night show from his home in rural Perthshire until his retirement in the autumn after 35 years on Radio 2.

The local newspaper, The Courier, reports that Desmond’s coffin was brought into the chapel with a single red rose on top, as more than 100 mourners watched on.

Among them were former Radio 2 announcer Alan Dedicoat, the station’s Commissioning and Scheduling Manager Julian Grundy and Mark Simpson, who produced the tribute programme to Desmond that aired on the night of his death.

Lewis Carnie delivered a eulogy at the funeral, saying that Desmond’s voice and style gave listeners “a reassurance that the world was still alright.”

Lewis told RadioToday: “The service was a worthy tribute to such a well-loved man. It was incredibly moving to see so many of Desmond’s friends and family gather together to celebrate his life.”

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