‘A great send off’: Bert Newton laid to rest at state funeral
Television icon Bert Newton is being officially farewelled today with a state funeral at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
The much-loved performer, known as Moonface, passed away on October 30, following a long health battle.
With COVID-19 limiting attendance to 500 people, the service for the four-time Gold Logie winner today is limited to close family and friends.
Neil Mitchell is crossing to the service live throughout his program.
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The full service, which began at 10am, was aired on Channel 9 and live streamed (below).
Eddie McGuire read the eulogy, and Anthony Callea and Silvie Palladino performed at the service.
Pictured: Don Lane, David Mann and Bert
Entertainment guru Pete Ford, a long-time friend and former producer of Newton, said a “buzz is certainly building” outside St Patrick’s Cathedral.
“I hope it’s going to be a great send off. I know Patti has put so much work into making beautiful choices,” he told Ross and Russel
“It was about finding people who had a real connection to Bert and getting them here.”
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