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Rest in Peace Lord Bilston (1942-2014)

Lord Bilston in The Queen’s Robing Room at his induction to the House of Lords in 2005

We received the sad news that Lord Bilston, Dennis Turner, passed away on the evening of Tuesday 25th February 2014. The 71-year-old served as Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East from 1987 to 2005 before being made a peer.

Lord and Lady Bilston have been Patrons of our choir since 2011. Fittingly Dennis was born around the time our choir was founded. (1943) He attended many of our concerts and was often seen singing along ‘unofficially’ with the choir. Lord and Lady Bilston also attended other events and functions and Dennis has also presented long service certificates to a number of choir members. We will miss him, but we hope that Lady Bilston will grace us with the honour of remaining our Patron. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Pat, his brother Bert and the rest of the family from the choir and our Lady Supporters.

Dennis Turner funeral order of service 6

At our St. David’s day concert on 1st March we paid tribute to Lord Bilston and stood for a minute’s silence in honour and thanks for his Patronage to the choir.

To pay our respects, the choir sang during Dennis’s funeral service at St. Leonard’s Church in Bilston on Wednesday 12th March. We sang Gwahoddiad and helped to lead the hymns.

Dennis Turner funeral order of service 3

Weblinks to other media coverage:
Dennis Turner – A life in pictures (Express & Star)
Hundreds turn out for Lord Bilston’s funeral (Express & Star)
Lord Bilston tributes (Express & Star)
Lord Bilston Obituary (The Guardian)
Tributes for Lord Bilston (Birmingham Mail)

Paul Smith presenting the Bilston Carol to Dennis Turner in 2008

Lyrics of “The Bilston Carol.”

Awake, ye slumbering sons of men,
In lowly cot and stately hall,
Here neath your window now I wish,
A Happy Christmas to you all.

The mistletoe hangs overhead,
The holly shines upon the wall,
Come hear the burden of my song,
A Happy Christmas to you all.

Awake, the snow is falling fast,
The earth is whitened with its fall,
Come, fill your bowls and let us drink,
A Happy Christmas to you all.

Bilston-On-Sea

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