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Hundreds gather for funeral of musical legend

 Published on: 13th March 2018   |   By: Tom Dyson   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hundreds of friends, family members and loyal fans of the late Kinks, Zombies and Argent musician Jim Rodford gathered in St Albans Cathedral last month to pay their respects.

The 76-year-old bass player, who had lived in St Albans all his life, died on January 20 after falling down the stairs at his home, and his funeral took place in the cathedral on February 12.

Crowds of fans packed the cathedral and listened to various readings by members of Rodford’s family, including an emotional tribute from his grandchildren and a moving eulogy by Rodford’s cousin and Zombies founding member Rod Argent.

After the final prayer was said, everyone made the slow walk out of the cathedral to the fitting music of Argent’s Hold Your Head Up.

The Zombies co-founder Colin Blunstone said: “It was of course a very sad day but also a strangely beautiful day. A private ceremony for family and friends was followed by a wonderful celebration of Jim’s life in a packed St Albans Cathedral.

“People came from all over the world to pay their respects to this extraordinary musician who touched so many lives with his unique spirit.

“Rest in peace, Jim. You were the backbone of our band, an inspiration and a true friend and you will never be forgotten.”

Picture Courtesy of Peter Alan Gill

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