Michael Parkinson has received a private funeral where friends and family gathered to say goodbye to the TV legend.
Sir Michael Parkinson, from Barnsley here in Yorkshire, was well known across the country and the world for his TV presence. He interviewed some of the biggest stars of all time on his chat show, such as Muhammad Ali.
Last month, the Yorkshireman died aged 88 at home in Bray, Berkshire following a short illness. Now, he has received a small private funeral to send him off.
According to The Sun, his funeral took place in Bray at the village church, followed by a wake at The Hind’s Head in the village. Mourners gathered to celebrate his life while his favourite singer, Frank Sinatra, was played in the background.
One source told The Sun: “It was a very dignified send-off for a man who remained understated and classy to the end.” They added that everyone stayed in “good spirits” to send off Sir Michael and said the funeral was “perfect”.
Reportedly, a cricket cap was left in his coffin alongside a white and red Barnsley FC scarf to represent the team he supported all his life. His sons, Michael Jr and Andrew, also paid tribute to their dad at the funeral.
The Sun reports Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, said: “To be born a gentleman is an accident of birth. To die as one is an achievement.”