The Anonymous Widower

Paying My Respect To The Queen

Last night, I paid my respect to Queen Elizabeth.

At around 23:15, I took a 141 bus from near my house and walked to the end of the queue near Southwark Cathedral.

It was a two-and-a-half mile walk, but I managed it reasonably well.

But I did have problems, as it was a bit dark.

  • I did have a problem with my boot laces, which I had difficulty tying up again.
  • I did trip a couple of times, but didn’t really hurt myself.
  • It didn’t help, that some of the pavements on the South Bank aren’t the best.

When I arrived into Victoria Gardens, prior to entry into Westminster Hall, the queue was meandered about twenty times for control purposes.

  • It was on a heavily-textured rubber matting and some of the turns played havoc with my feet.
  • I now have a large blister on the bottom of my right foot.
  • After I left the lying-in state, I was asked by a Red Cross lady about my visit and she said others had suffered how I did.

I would suggest that if you go to the lying-in state, you choose your footwear with care.

I’ve been to Westminster Hall before and I wrote about it, in To a Reception at the House of Lords, which includes this picture.

The hall did the Queen proud today.

If you get a chance to attend, do it! But be careful about your footwear!

Also note, that from the time I joined the queue until the time I left Westminster Hall was over eight hours.

September 15, 2022 Posted by | World | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Summoned By Bells

When I saw the pictures of the new bells for Southwark Cathedral, I just had to go and have a look.

It was just as well I did, as after the dedication yesterday, they will not be on view, but hanging in the belfry.

January 10, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

It’s Not Christmas Is It?

This picture of Southwark Cathedral was taken on Christmas Eve in 2014.

It's Not Christmas Is It?

It’s Not Christmas Is It?

Not very Christmasy!

December 25, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

A Memorial At Southwark Cathedral

I’ve been to Southwark Cathedral many times, but I’ve never seen this memorial.

It is to a Native American chief called Mahomet Weyonomon.

The whole story is a very sad and sorry tale.

April 17, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

A Place In Times Of Stress

Today, I was going to have lunch with an old business partner in Surrey and getting to Waterloo station took me past Southwark Cathedral.

Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral

So I dropped by to have a quiet contemplation. As I’ve said in another post this place is special to me and as the sister of one of my friends, has a child near to death, I wanted to add my point fourpennyworth. Also being the day of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral I wanted to show respect privately in the way I do. I remember years ago, when Princess Diana’s funeral took place, I was on holiday in Northumberland with C. She watched it with a friend on the television and I just sat on the coast of Holy Island. I never watch this type of State pageantry on the television.

April 17, 2013 Posted by | News, World | , , , , | Leave a comment

London’s Forgotten Cathedral

Southwark is the third Anglican cathedral in central London and the least visited.

Southwark Cathedral with the Shard Behind

But to me, it will always have a strong place in my heart, as it is where the memorial service was held for C and all the others, including that great humanitarian  Chad Varah who gave their bodies to medical science in 2007. The service was non-denominational and very moving.

Forgotten and ignored it may be to many but not to me and my family.

December 29, 2010 Posted by | World | , , | 5 Comments

A Funeral

As you get older, you always seem to go to more and more funerals. They are changing though.  Or at least those in the Church of England are, as I have no experience of a funeral service in another religion.

In some way I first sensed the change when Alex died. I had known her for some years and it was on her recommendation that my late wife went to the oncologist, Professor Davidson. Alex, a confirmed atheist or at least an agnostic, had planed the funeral with the vicar, who happened to be married to her best friend.  Despite being a funeral, it was in some ways a joyous occasion, with popular hymns and songs, everybody in colours and the ladies in hats. The vicar even blasphemed from the pulpit.

When my wife died, she gave her body to medical science and we didn’t have a funeral at all at the time.  We just had a gathering at the house and those that wanted to said a few words.  It worked for us.

Yesterday, I went to Christine’s funeral, who was a cousin of my late wife.  Not sure what the relationship is, but she came to my wife’s memorial service in Southwark Cathedral. In fact she sat next to me.  So in addition to everything else, she deserved my respect and I felt it was essential that I go.

The funeral service was in Minster Abbey on the Isle of Sheppey. I had actually attended two other funerals there of Christine’s mother and sister.

It is a lovely old parish church, founded in the 660s, that is one of the unknown gems of England. Sheppey is not an island noted for very much, but a trip across the bridge from the M2 is worth it, just to view this church.

The church was packed and it was a good service, with a wonderful speech from her sister.  It must help friends and family, when so many people come and I would hate to be a lone mourner at a funeral.

It was followed by a cremation at Bobbing.  Crematoria of my past, tend to be soulless and depressing places.  But this one, which was opened only a few years ago, had been designed to make the passing of someone dear to you, a better experience. That is if there is one!

I shall remember the chapel with the sunlight streaming through the window, until the day I die.

January 19, 2010 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment