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Thursday, 16 August, 2001, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
Campbell's funeral date set
Donald Campbell
Donald Campbell: His body lay undiscovered for 34 years
Donald Campbell's funeral will take place in the Lake District in September, it has been announced.

He was killed 34 years ago while trying to break the world water speed record attempt on Coniston Water in Cumbria.

His funeral will take place at St Andrew's Church, Coniston on 12 September.

Mr Campbell's daughter Gina, 51, said: "I want it to be a celebration of my dad's life and his achievements."

St Andrew's Church in Coniston, Cumbria
The service will take place at St Andrew's Church

A member of the Royal Family is expected to attend the funeral and there will also be an RAF fly-past.

Ms Campbell told BBC News Online she had already finalised some of the details of the service.

"When I was a child the house reverberated to the sounds of Nat King Cole - and a 30-voice male choir are going to sing 'Unforgettable'."

"I have a union flag to place over a blue coffin which I have found... all I am praying for is the weather."

'Celebrate life'

Mr Campbell crashed during the record attempt on 4 January 1967.

His body was recovered from the lake in May this year.

His boat, Bluebird K7, was raised last year.

Mr Campbell's remains will be buried 200 yards from St Andrew's Church.

The service will be conducted by the vicar of Coniston, the Reverend Mark East.


He will never die in peoples' thoughts and imagination.

Gina Campbell, daughter

Mr East said: "It will be a combination of a funeral and memorial service... to celebrate his life.

"Quite a lot of the service will be reflecting on what happened at his memorial service.

"The same hymns will be sung and a member of the K7 club will be doing one of the readings."

The memorial service took place on 23 February 1967 at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church near Trafalgar Square in London.

Worldwide attention

Ms Campbell, who was a teenager at the time, said: "I can't really remember it well, but it was very overwhelming.

"This service is a finalisation, but somehow my father never leaves an ending to anything... he will never die in peoples' thoughts and imagination."

Up to 3,000 people are expected to attend the funeral, which will be broadcast outside the church using a video and audio link. The church itself seats just 200.

The event is expected to attract worldwide media attention.

See also:

10 Aug 01 | UK
Body in lake is Campbell
29 May 01 | UK
DNA tests on Bluebird body
08 Mar 01 | UK
Divers salvage the Bluebird
04 Feb 01 | UK
Divers find Bluebird wreck
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