Tuesday, September 28, 1999 Published at 17:19 GMT 18:19 UK
Stars pay tribute to Dando
More than 700 people gathered to celebrate Jill Dando's life
Hundreds of friends from all aspects of TV presenter Jill Dando's life gathered at an emotional service to pay tribute to the life and work of the murdered star.
"Beauty without self-consciousness, fame without swagger, popularity which bemused her. But this was no fairy story. She was not born to success."
It is taking place just three days after she was due to marry fiancé Alan Farthing.
Dozens of on-lookers gathered outside All Souls Church, next to the BBC's Broadcasting House, as guests lined up to enter.
Sir John gave the main address at the service.
He paid tribute to Ms Dando's "passionate determination" and complete professionalism.
He said: "She was adored by everyone she worked with. She was never grand. She mucked in as part of the team."
"She was a beauty - a true English rose. But it wasn't just her physical beauty that beguiled.
Also paying tribute to Miss Dando and giving the readings were Sir Paul Condon, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond, and ITV Sport presenter Bob Wilson.
Mr Farthing, Ms Dando's brother Nigel and father Jack were also at the service.
A new research award named after Jill Dando was also announced on Tuesday by the British Heart Foundation.
The TV presenter was born with a heart defect and was a major supporter of the charity.
He will use the award to fund his research into adults living with congenital heart defects.
A spokesman for the BHF said: "We hope that helping to support and train one of the most promising new researchers in this field is an appropriate way of recognising the major contribution she made to our work."