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Service a tribute to the rich life of wonderful friend
LEADING TRIBUTES: Mid-Worcestershire MP Peter Luff joins fellow mourners for a service in honour of Worcestershire Lord Lieutenant Michael Brinton. 36126606
HUNDREDS of Worcester dignitaries filled the city’s cathedral yesterday to pay their respects to Michael Brinton , the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire.
The memorial service was held to remember the Queen’s official representative in Worcestershire after his death in April following a year-long battle with cancer.
Mr Brinton, who had served as Lord Lieutenant since 2001, was described in a reading by friend Robert Smyly as “a wonderful man and wonderful friend”.
Mr Smyly spoke of Mr Brinton’s life, referring to his time at Eton, his studying in Aix-en-Provence, France, Perugia, Italy and Vienna, and his role as chairman of Brinton’s, the world-renowed Kidderminster carpet firm founded by his great-grandfather William Brinton in 1783.
He said: “I have seen some of the many hundreds of letters of sympathy Angela has received from across the world, including those from the Royal Family. What shone out of them all was the warmth of Michael’s smile.
“Michael was a wonderful man and friend to us all. But above all he was a devoted father and grandfather.
“I hope you will remember him and smile a lot as he smiled for us.”
Alongside Mr Brinton’s wife Angela, their three children and five grandchildren, was MP Robin Walker and Lord Faulkner and guests representing the Royal Family.
These included Sir Thomas Dunne, who represented the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh; Mrs William Nunneley, LVO, as representative for the Princess Royal; Professor David Green, attending in place of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire Algernon Heber-Percy, in respect of the Duke of Kent and Lady Dunne representing Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy.
Mr Brinton’s three children, Julian, Birdie and Algy, all gave readings at the memorial, alongside the address by Mr Smyly and another by the Lord Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge.
Dr Inge said: “I feel privileged to be able to say a few words now. His life will have touched each of us here in many different ways.
“Michael lived life to the full, he was a sophisticated man.
“He used his experience lightly, that is because all he was a gentleman.”
Mr Brinton’s successor has not yet been announced.