The memorial service for Bill Deedes takes place at the end of this month at the GuardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Chapel in London and, not surprisingly, one of the organisers tells me that all 700 tickets have already been allocated.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Those without tickets should not show up and expect to be let in, as this wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happen,Ã¢â‚¬ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m told. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The security will be very strict on the day.Ã¢â‚¬
The address will be given by one of BillÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s successors to the editorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chair at The Daily Telegraph, Charles Moore. Among the ushers are three ex-Telegraph types: Stephen Robinson, the former comment editor who is completing the finishing touches to the official biography of Bill; Harry Mount, former leader writer and New York correspondent; and Andrew Hutchinson, former night editor. One current member of the staff, comment editor Richard Preston, has been asked to be an usher.