Axegrinder predicted that tributes to the late Bill Deedes would continue to pour in. Even The New York Times had its say recently Ã¢â‚¬’ albeit several weeks after Dear Bill died.
I now hear that plans are under way for a memorial service to be held in November. Although Bill had suggested it should be held at St BrideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, the journalistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ church in Fleet Street, his son Jeremy suggested instead the GuardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Chapel in Westminster. But now some are saying this might be too small. Axegrinder will be keeping you informed.
Axe has also heard that, although Bill didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t consider himself a fashion icon, he was proud that a safari jacket he bought before covering the fighting in Abyssinia in 1935 would still fit him perfectly well.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t many men of my age who can have that record,Ã¢â‚¬ he would tell friends who came to visit him in Kent in his final months. He kept the jacket as a souvenir in his bedroom, and would point out that it had been bought at Austin Reed.