Hundreds of people, both local and from the world of music have gathered at a church in Somerset to say farewell to jazz legend Acker Bilk.
The clarinet player, who lived in Pensford, was most famous for his hit tune, Stranger on the Shore, but his music career spanned many decades. He died earlier this month at the age of 85.
Today's thanksgiving service at Publow Church included the reading of a poem Acker wrote, reflecting his love of the area he grew up in.
The River, by Acker Bilk
Although not a big river,
T'was endless to me.
We dived in it, swam in it,
Fished it with glee.
We floated log rafts on it,
Watched all the while
By Herons and Kingfishers,
Ducks, single file.
Martins dipping and diving
The Swifts flying free,
Water rats dunking like biscuits in tea.
Reeds full of Moorhens
And a bit further out,
Where the current flowed swifter
Those gold-bellied trout.
The trees on the banks
Were there just to be climbed.
Elbows and knees skinned
But we didn't mind.
A thousand and one things
To see and to do.
A magical place was the old river Chew.
The days of my youth
Not numbered or planned,
I go back to the river whenever I can
The funeral of West Country jazz musician Acker Bilk will take place in Somerset this afternoon.
Mourners will gather at Publow Church near his home village of Pensford.
The clarinetist died on 3 November at Bath's Royal United Hospital. His wife Jean was by his side. He was best known for his signature tune 'Stranger on the Shore'.
The funeral of West Country jazz musician Acker Bilk will take place next Thursday.
Mourners will gather at Publow Church near Bilk's home village of Pensford in Somerset.
The clarinettist died on Sunday at Bath's Royal United Hospital. His wife Jean was by his side. He was best known for his signature tune 'Stranger on the Shore'.
Although Acker Bilk was most famous for the 1961 hit 'Stranger on the Shore', he had a wide repertoire and released 12 albums.
This video is a taster of his other performances.
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