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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:07 am    Post subject: Fluff Laid To Rest Reply with quote

DJ Dave Lee Travis, broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, and TV hypnotist Paul MacKenna were among those who attended the service.

Freeman whose "Not 'arf" catchphrase made him a household name, died on 27 November at the age of 79.

The former BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 DJ had been living in a nursing home in Twickenham, west London, since 2000 after being diagnosed with arthritis.

TV comic Harry Enfield, who based his character Dave Nice on Freeman, was unable to attend but sent a letter of condolence which was read out during the service at Southwest Middlesex Crematorium in Hanworth.

A congregation of around 200 people attended the service, which was taken by BBC broadcaster Reverend Roger Royle.


Freeman's agent Tim Blackmore spoke to praise his innovative DJing style, playing rock music together with cuts of classical music.

An excerpt of Freeman in action was also played during the service.

Freeman joined the BBC in the early 1960s, presenting a host of shows including Pick of the Pops from 1962 to 1972, and again from 1997 to 2000 on Radio 2.

He joined Radio 1 in 1972 and he was also one of the original team of presenters on TV's Top of the Pops.

Freeman's well-known catchphrases included "Not 'arf!" "Greetings, pop pickers", "All right!"

Among the floral tributes outside the chapel was an arrangement which read "Not 'arf".

Freeman was made an MBE in 1998 and a Sony lifetime achievement award in 2000.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very fitting send off i believe and right at the end they played the Pick Of The Pops Theme.
I bet that brought a lump to a few throats.
This Sunday at 3.30 he is on along with a repeat of the 2002 tribute at 10pm.
He was a unique talent but left us with some great memories.

Alright!!!!! Stay Bright!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MIKERAPHONE wrote:
A very fitting send off i believe and right at the end

Alright!!!!! Stay Bright!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Not'arf Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks for this. Do you know if there's going to be a memorial service?

Ian.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a documentary on Alan Freeman this coming Sunday night at 10pm on Radio 2.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2006 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why was he nicknamed, 'Fluff' by the way?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2006 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Natasha wrote:
Why was he nicknamed, 'Fluff' by the way?


Other BBC presenters gave him his nickname "Fluff" early in his career, because in Australia he once turned up for his show in a jumper which had attracted balls of white fluff in a wash.

Like your photo, Natasha Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can not believe how Mark resembles Richard Allinson.
I have never noticed the similarity before.
Nice picture Mark!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MIKERAPHONE wrote:
I can not believe how Mark resembles Richard Allinson.
I have never noticed the similarity before.
Nice picture Mark!!!!!!


Richard was refered to be looking like Johnnie Depp, by ken bruce Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was good coverage of Fluff's funeral in the press last week including the London Evening Standard.

In the Standard they included a picture of Richard Allinson as one of his former colleagues attending the funeral.
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