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  Sunday, 25 March, 2001, 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK
Greats attend Bradman tribute
Fans at the Adelaide Oval watch the service
Fans at the Adelaide Oval watch the service
Cricket legends from around the world have paid final tribute to Sir Donald Bradman at a special memorial service.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard, West Indies batting hero Sir Viv Richards and five of Bradman's team-mates in Australia's 1948 'Invincibles' side were all among the congregation at Adelaide's St Peter's Cathedral.

Thousands more watched from the nearby Adelaide Oval and in Sydney at live television broadcasts.

Organisers of the service said overseas television would see up to 100m watch in India, 10m in Pakistan and millions more elsewhere.


I know that he brought pleasure to many
The Queen
"We are all astonished and moved that he has touched so many lives," said his son, John Bradman.

He urged people not to treat his father as an icon.

"We must not be too serious about him and we must not treat him as a religious figure," he said.

"Don't enslave him with worship."

Five of Bradman's all-conquering 1948 Australian side that toured England undefeated attended - Neil Harvey, Sam Loxton, Ron Hamence, Doug Ring and Bill Johnston.


Above all, he was a true Aussie
Richie Benaud
Only nine of the side led by Bradman and labelled the Invincibles are still alive.

Other speakers at the ceremony in the 750-seat church included former Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud and Australian Governor-General Sir William Deane.

Benaud said he was happy to be around when Bradman loomed large as the Australian chairman of selectors.

"He had the most brilliant and incisive mind of anyone I have come across in cricket," Benaud said.

"But above all, he was a true Aussie.

"He was a sportsman not just for a few sessions, or a few days, but for all eras and all sports followers."

The memorial service guest list included cricketers such as West Indian duo Sir Everton Weekes and Sir Vivian Richards as well as former Australian cricket captains Bill Lawry, Greg Chappell and Graham Yallop.

Former Australian Test star Doug Ring arrives
Former Australian Test star Doug Ring arrives
In addition to the well-known names, about 60 ordinary Australians were invited inside the cathedral after being nominated by various cricket clubs around South Australia state - in line with the wishes of Bradman.

Deane read a message from Queen Elizabeth II to the memorial service.

She described Bradman as "a man who embodied the best of the Australian spirit.

"I know that he brought pleasure to many," the Queen's message said.

The service ended after an hour and 45 minutes with a musical tribute to Bradman by Australian country music singer John Williamson.

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BBC Sport's Phil Mercer
"A celebration of Australia's greatest ever sporting hero"
Former Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud
"He was very much an Aussie"
Don Bradman's son John Bradman
"Never in the slightest degree did he become his own hero"
Don Bradman's granddaughter Greta Bradman
"He showed me the importance of being true to myself and my word"
BBC News' Michael Peschardt
"Bradman was an inspiration to cricket worldwide"
Sir Donald Bradman dies aged 92

Cricket's loss

A legend mourned

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