Sir Michael Parkinsons humble private funeral at local pub as details emerge

Michael Parkinson’s son on his father’s final public appearance

Sir Michael Parkinson’s private funeral was held where 90 close friends and family members gathered before they toasted him at a local pub.

Mourners said their final goodbyes to the broadcasting legend in Bray, near Maidenhead in Berkshire.

According to reports, the BBC veteran had a “dignified” send-off and everyone who attended was said to be in good spirits.

“It was a very dignified send-off for a man who remained understated and classy to the end,” a source told The Sun.

“Everyone was in good spirits remembering him and his achievements. It was perfect.”

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The broadcaster’s service was held at St Michael’s Church with mourners dressed in black and family and friends later headed to The Hind’s Head pub for a farewell drink.

His celebration of life was said to have lasted for hours while his favourite vocalist, Frank Sinatra, was played in the background.

During the funeral service family placed a cricket cap in his coffin — he loved the game and played — together with a red and white Barnsley FC scarf.

The Grimethorpe Colliery Band, from Barnsley, played the tune from his TV chat show.

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Sir Michael died aged 88 died last month of “frailty of old age”.

At the time of his death, his family released a statement at the time confirming Sir Michael had died after a “brief illness”.

The star’s son, Michael, registered his father’s death on August 18 at Maidenhead Town Hall.

Sir Michael was considered one of the best interviewers in the business, and he spoke with giants of culture including Muhammad Ali, John Lennon and Sir Elton John.

Tim Davie, the BBC’s director general, called him “the king of the chat show” and an “incredible broadcaster and journalist”.

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