Cathedral packed for Runcie service

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Hundreds of mourners packed a cathedral to pay their final respects to the “irrepressible” Rosalind Runcie, the widow of the late Lord Runcie, inset right.

Lady Angela Rosalind Runcie, known as ‘Lindy’, died on January 12 at the age of 79, after a short illness.

St Albans Cathedral was full to capacity yesterday as members of Lady Runcie’s family, along with dozens of church members, congregated for her funeral service.

The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Rev Dr Alan Smith, paid a fond tribute to Lady Runcie, with whom he had formed a firm friendship since coming to St Albans.

“With her huge personality and irrepressible zest for life, Lindy was well known around the diocese and beyond,” he said.

“She had a positive influence on many lives right up to the time of her death, not least through her teaching. Her wide circle of friends will miss her.”

The pianist and music teacher’s husband Robert was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980 to 1991.

She was known for her sense of humour and good fun, and son James said her loss was “almost impossible to bear”.