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Town’s bid to honour life of Sir David Frost

PUBLISHED: 09:30 04 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:30 04 October 2013

File photo dated 08/09/2011 of Sir David Frost (left) interviewing British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London for Frost Over the World, as the veteran broadcaster has died at the age of 74, his family said in a statement today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday September 1, 2013. See PA story DEATH Frost. Photo credit should read: Carl Court/PA Wire

File photo dated 08/09/2011 of Sir David Frost (left) interviewing British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London for Frost Over the World, as the veteran broadcaster has died at the age of 74, his family said in a statement today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday September 1, 2013. See PA story DEATH Frost. Photo credit should read: Carl Court/PA Wire

A Beccles town councillor has announced plans to organise a commemoration service in the town in memory of Sir David Frost.

The legendary broadcaster, who died of a heart attacked aged 74, spent part of his childhood in Beccles, moving from Northamptonshire in 1958, so his father – the Rev WJ Paradine Frost – could serve as Methodist minister and superintendent minister of the Beccles, Loddon and Bungay circuit.

Following Sir David’s death on August 31, Chris Scott, who has been a member of Beccles Town Council for more than 20 years, said he thought the town should do something to acknowledge his connection to the area.

In his younger years Sir David could sometimes be found preaching in the churches himself and was also a leading light on the drama side of the Station Road Methodist Club. His mother Maud was well-known in Beccles for her charity work into her 80s.

Councillor Scott received the support of his fellow councillors at Tuesday’s town council meeting and said ideas discussed included a memorial service at Hungate United Reform Church or installing a plaque outside the town hall.

Mr Scott said: “In the early 60s when I first left school at 16 there was a group called the International Club which used to meet at St Benet’s Church hall. Every summer a gentleman who lived down Puddingmoor would hold a barbecue for the club and one summer David Frost was there. He was only about 21 or 22 and I didn’t know who he was at the time.

“But over the years he has been back to Beccles many times. Four or five years ago he attended a wedding at the United Reformed Church.

“After he died I thought about how famous he was, all the programmes he did and his knighthood. I thought Beccles really should do something to remember him.”

Councillor Scott said plans are in the early stages but he thought if they went ahead with a service it would be held in February or March next year. He also said he hoped to invite fellow broadcaster Martin Bell.

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