Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral at All Saints Church in Penarth this afternoon of the famous sports journalist Peter Corrigan.
Amongst those attending were scores of jouralists, broadcasters and sports personalities who had all come to pay a final tribute to a friend, a colleague and a consummate columnist who wrote for both The Sun and the Daily Mail and was a former sports editor of The Observer.
It was one of the largest funerals seen in Penarth in recent times. So many wanted to attend the funeral that the undertakers, James Summers, had urged all those who wished to attend, to take their places in the church 45 minutes before the service was due to begin.
Mr Corrigan – who was born in Cardiff but later moved to Penarth – died at the Marie Curie Holm Tower hospice at the age of 80, surrounded by his family . [ See PDN http://tinyurl.com/z5bdklr ]
He was a committee member of the charity Welsh Sports Hall of Fame, a member of the Glamorganshire and the Royal Porthcawl golf clubs, Penarth Yacht Club, Penarth Rugby Club, Penarth British Legion and the Cardiff and County Club.
The funeral service was led by Canon Peter Cox and the hymns chosen were “Abide with Me” and “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer”.