Sir Michael Parkinson’s ‘intimate’ burial that was attended by only ninety people

Farewell to Sir Michael Parkinson

Passing of a Broadcasting Icon

The renowned broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson, a native of Barnsley and the son of a coal miner, passed away at the age of 88 last month, succumbing to the effects of old age. He was affectionately known as “Parky” by both friends and fans alike. Sir Michael was celebrated for his distinctive interviewing style, characterized by its intimacy. He conducted captivating interviews with some of the world’s most prominent figures, including Sir Elton John, Muhammad Ali, and Dame Helen Mirren, as the host of his chat show, “Parkinson.”

Memorial Service in Bray, Berkshire

A memorial service in honor of Sir Michael was held at St Michael’s Church in Bray, Berkshire. The service featured the music of his favorite singer, Frank Sinatra, playing softly in the background. A poignant touch was the placement of a cricket cap on his coffin, accompanied by a red and white Barnsley FC scarf, paying homage to his origins.

Tributes and Farewell Toast

During the service, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band from Barnsley performed the theme music from his iconic TV chat show. His sons, Michael Jr. and Andrew, paid heartfelt tributes to their beloved father. Afterward, mourners gathered at his local haunt, The Hind’s Head pub, where two bouncers stood guard. There, they raised a farewell toast to Sir Michael, reflecting on the perfect send-off that had taken place. A source shared that the atmosphere was dignified and that everyone was in good spirits, a fitting tribute to a man who remained understated and elegant until the very end.