KIRSTY – THANK YOU FOR THE DAYS

Billy Bragg and Holly Johnson sing at the service to pay tribute to singer songwriter Kirsty...

A memorial service celebrating the life and memory of singer KIRSTY MacCOLL was held in LONDON this morning (January 20).

Bono and The Edge from U2, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Jools Holland and radio presenters Janice Long and Johnny Walker were among those present in the congregation of the packed-out St Martin’s In The Field church near Trafalgar Square.

The Rev Nicholas Holtam conducted the service, which drew around 900 members of the public, as well as family, friends and fellow musicians.

The service opened with Billy Bragg performing his composition ‘A New England’, which was memorably covered by Kirsty, who died in December in an accident on the island of Cozumel off the coast of Mexico.

The Christina Rossetti poem Remember was read, and William Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’ sung.

Among those who spoke at the service were comedian Phill Jupitus, Kirsty’s mother Jean and her partner James Knight.

The service was rounded off by Holly Johnson performing Kirsty composition ‘Don’t Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim’.

A collection was held after the service for the Cuba Music Fund which has been set up in memory of Kirsty. For more details go to www.freeworld.demon.co.uk.