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Bill Turnbull’s funeral held in Blythburgh

The funeral of former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull took place in Suffolk.

On August 31, it was confirmed in a statement from his family that he died peacefully at his home in Suffolk following a “difficult and committed battle with prostate cancer”, with which he was diagnosed. in November 2017.

Family and close friends, including his BBC Breakfast co-hosts, attended a private ceremony at Holy Trinity Church in Blythburgh on Friday afternoon September 16.

Bill Turnbull had a strong passion for Suffolk and took it to heart, being drawn to the county coast by his love of beekeeping.

He has voiced concerns about Sizewell C, hosted the EADT Business Awards and was once the official starter for the Heritage Coast Marathon organized by the local Rotary Club.

Bill Turnbull speaking at the East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards 2017. Photo: SARAH LUCY BROWN
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Sian Williams, who anchored BBC Breakfast with Turnbull for more than a decade, told the PA News Agency: ‘I think it’s a day of sadness and reflection, and I hope one day today will also be a time to celebrate his life because he was a great friend and a great man.

“And he has so many different bonds with so many different people who cherish him that I hope we can spend some time together where we can share those memories.




Susanna Reid arrives for the funeral of TV presenter and journalist Bill Turnbull at Holy Trinity Church


Susanna Reid attended the funeral in Suffolk
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“I wish he could understand how much he was appreciated, and I think it’s amazing how many people here just wanted to come in to celebrate and pay their respects.

“Bill made a lot of friends and he was a very loyal friend and it was great to work with him as a professional, but when you sit next to someone like that there’s a lot confidence that goes with it.

“I think the reason so many people have come out today to pay their respects – to think of him, to share memories of him and to celebrate him – is because he was a good man.




Bill Turnbull on the beach at Sizewell Photo: SARAH LUCY BROWN


Bill Turnbull on the beach at Sizewell Photo: SARAH LUCY BROWN
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“He was a great guy, he was great to work with, he was a great friend and you see that here with the number of people who wanted to express that.”

Williams said she will remember Turnbull “with a smile.”

Other famous names to attend the service in Blythburgh include Martha Kearney, Mike Bushell, Louise Minchin, Charlotte Hawkins and Nick Robinson.




BBC presenter Naga Munchetty at Bill Turnbull's funeral


BBC presenter Naga Munchetty at Bill Turnbull’s funeral
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Naga Munchetty, BBC Breakfast presenter, who shared the red sofa with Turnbull for several years, told the PA news agency: “Bill was the grammar hammer; he was so at the top of his plural, singular grammar… He was everywhere.

“He was passionate about the job and passionate about journalism and passionate about the public.

“The audience was all that mattered and all that mattered and Bill never forgot that – it was a joy to sit alongside them.

“Sitting next to Bill was always an experience, it was always fun, it was always focused but it was also for the audience.

“It was about telling the story, being part of the story, which is always a privilege, hearing people’s experiences and helping to convey them to our audience.

“It was the audience – that’s what Bill was talking about.”

Munchetty said she would remember Turnbull as a “funny, charming, cheeky guy”.

Turnbull’s two sons and son-in-law were among six pallbearers carrying his oak coffin, adorned with a bouquet of red and purple roses, into the church.

. Bill Turnbulls funeral held Blythburgh

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