Hundreds of people attended a public memorial service in Yeovil today to remember Paddy Ashdown.
The 77-year-old died last December following a brief battle with bowel cancer.
The former Liberal Democrat leader spent 16 years as the Somerset town's MP.
He was born in the nearby village of Norton-sub-Hamdon but despite being made a Lord he would always prefer to be known as Paddy.
Today's service was attended by his widow Jane and his family.
Reverend James Dudley-Smith shared a conversation he'd once has with Lord Ashdown where he said the proudest moment of his career was when he was elected as an MP for his 'beloved' Yeovil in 1983.
Among those paying public tribute was David Laws, who succeeded him as Yeovil's MP in 2001.
The congregation sang Lord Ashdown's favourite hymn, I Vow To Thee, My Country.
Lord Ashdown was the MP for Yeovil from 1983 to 2001 and leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 to 1999.
His career prior to politics included service in the elite Special Boat Service, and the Foreign Office.
Following an outspoken career as an MP, he went on to serve as High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina and later as an active member of the House of Lords.