Mourners pay final respects to Lord Robin Corbett

news_42_1026965155St Mary’s Church in Hemel Hempstead Old Town was packed with family, friends, neighbours and political colleagues for the funeral of PERA chairman Robin Corbett. In a moving tribute his wife Val and fellow peer Lord Grocott recounted fond memories of the former Labour MP who died last month at the age of 78. Both referred to Robin’s zest for life, his concern for others and above all his unfailing sense of humour. Lord Grocott said that on a recent visi to see him in hospital a nurse handed Robin the dinner menu. Having placed his order he then summoned her back and asked to see the wine list! Recalling their early days together as MPs in the newly elected Labour Government of 1974 Lord Grocott said that both were defending very slender majorities. Seeing them leave the Commons late one night the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, whose overall majority was only three, told them: ‘Mind how you drive lads!’ The service was jointly conducted by the vicar of St Mary’s, the Rev Jenny Hill and the House of Lords chaplain, the Rev Leslie Griffiths. It included some of Robin’s favourite music, beginning with Elgar’s Nimrod and ending appropriately with The Red Flag. See also Your Views.