St BrideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, the journalistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 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: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The journalists and printers may have departed Fleet Street, but it is good to know that St BrideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remains.Ã¢â‚¬
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 JeremyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father, the legendary Bill Deedes.
Jeremy apparently told HM how well the service at the GuardsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 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 Ã¢â‚¬’ Henry Deedes and Sophia Money-Coutts Ã¢â‚¬’ 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.