The funeral of world famous racing driver, Graham Hill, took place at St. Albans Abbey,?
The funeral of world famous racing driver, Graham Hill, took place at St. Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire, on Friday (5 December). He was killed when the 'plane he was piloting crashed in thick fog near London on the previous Saturday.
Among those who gathered for the ceremony were many of his friends from motor racing and show business. They included champion driver Jackie Stewart, the comedian Eric Morecombe, and actor Ian Carmichael. Hill's widow and their three daughters were also present.
Prince Rainier of Monaco, who honoured Hill five times as winner of the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, was also represented at the funeral. The widows of Jo Bonnier and Jochen Rindt, whose husbands were both killed in the sport, also flew in specially for the funeral.
Hill's widow, Bette, had asked well-wishers not to send flowers. Instead, as her husband would have wished, to send donations to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital where he had battled back to health after the crash which nearly ended his career, and to the Springfield Boys' Club in London's East End of which he was president.
The service was broadcast to the crowd which had gathered outside the Abbey, and hymn sheets were distributed to them so that they could take part in the service.
Investigations are continuing into the cause of the 'plane crash in which Hill and five members of his racing team died.
SYNOPSIS: Graham Hill's last race was in the Monaco Grand Prix earlier this year. He had won the race five times before, but this time he was not the first over the finishing line -- though his friends, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were there with a friendly hand-shake.
On Friday, Hill's funeral took place at St. Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire, and motor racing friends -- including champion driver Jackie Stewart -- attended the service. Also present were Hill's widow, Bette, and her three daughters. Mrs. Hill had asked that well-wishers should not send flowers, but instead send donations to the hospital where her husband had battled back to health after the accident that nearly ended his career.
Investigations are still continuing into the cause of the 'plane crash in which Hill and five members of his racing team were killed.