Rededication of St Bride's Church

St Bride’s, the journalists’ church in Fleet Street that was rebuilt after being firebombed in the Second World War, had a service for the 50th anniversary of its rededication last week, with the Queen in attendance.

As the Evening Standard so rightly said in its editorial: “The journalists and printers may have departed Fleet Street, but it is good to know that St Bride’s remains.”

Afterwards, Jeremy Deedes, founder of The Sportsman, was seen in conversation with the Queen, as the event took place just a few days after the memorial service to Jeremy’s father, the legendary Bill Deedes.

Jeremy apparently told HM how well the service at the Guards’ Chapel went.

Dear Bill, as he was affectionately known in Private Eye, would have been smiling at all this.

Not only was the memorial service a perfect send-off for Bill, but two of his grandchildren ‒ Henry Deedes and Sophia Money-Coutts ‒ had their photographs with stories they had written on the very same day, albeit in different newspapers. Young Deedes is a diarist on The Independent, while Sophia is on the features desk at the Evening Standard.

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