Civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson, who led the Bristol bus boycott in 1963 has paid tribute to Tony Benn.
The MP had supported the boycott which was a protest at the Bristol Omnibus company's refusal to employ a black driver.
The event was instrumental in creating the Race Relations Act two years later, today Tony Benn's help was said to be crucial.
Our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine remembers some of his meetings with Tony Benn over the years.
Today's funeral service will recall Tony Benn the orator, debater, campaigner and family man.
Peer, self-demoter, Post Master General, Energy Secretary, would-be party leader and Prime Minster, he was, above all that, a friend.