Preparations for funeral of yachtsman Sir Peter Blake + arrival of NZ PM



Warblington, West Sussex
1. Various exteriors of Saint Thomas-A-Becket parish church
2. Marquee in church yard, erected for people who wish to attend the funeral but who cannot fit inside the church
3. Various of groundskeeper cutting grass, as part of preparations for funeral
4. Set up shot of Canon Douglas Caiger, who is conducting the funeral service
5. Stained glass window
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Canon Douglas Caiger, Conducting service:
“Well the honour of being invited to do our best for this great occasion, you don’t get prime ministers ever day at services and that sort of thing. We love this church, it’s a thousand years old. Its walls are soaked in prayer, we shall be adding to those prayers tomorrow.”
7. Various of Louise, sister-in-law of Peter Blake, playing flute – she will be playing the same piece at the service

Emsworth, West Sussex
8. General view of village
9. Looking down street towards bay
10. Various set-up shots of Alan Sefton, Former crew mate of Blake and family spokesman – helping to organise funeral
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Alan Sefton, Former crew mate of Peter Blake and family spokesman, speaking on behalf of Lady Pippa Blake, Peter Blake’s widow:
“The volume of message of condolences and so on that have been coming through have just got Pippa, to use that awful term, gob-smacked but she just can’t come to terms with it.”
12. Various exteriors of Emsworth sailing club
13. Various of Emsworth sailing club head, Rear Commodore John Cruickshank, looking at book of condolence set up in club (photograph of Peter Blake above book)
14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rear Commodore John Cruickshank, Emsworth sailing club head:
“A huge loss, a big, big loss. Although he wasn’t here very much, one got the feeling they (Peter and Pippa Blake) would have retired to Emsworth, that is pretty categoric.”
15. Set up shot of New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke
16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Helen Clarke, New Zealand Prime Minister:
“Sir Peter Blake is a national hero to New Zealanders. People are very, very distressed at what happened in the Amazon and it’s important that we mark his passing appropriately at the funeral here in England.”
17. Various of yachts in the bay

STORYLINE:

Sir Peter Blake, the New Zealand yachtsman killed last week by river pirates in Brazil, will be buried on Friday in the English coastal town he had made his home.

Blake, a hero in his native country, will be laid to rest at the thousand-year-old Saint Thomas-A-Becket parish church in Warblington, just outside of Emsworth in West Sussex on the English south coast.

He had lived in Emsworth for the past twenty years and had met his wife, Lady Pippa Blake, at the local sailing club, of which Peter was a member.

Her family live in the area and her sister will be playing the flute during the the service at the family’s church local church.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Helen Clark, flew to England on Thursday to attend the funeral.

She will give an address at the funeral.

Between eight hundred and a thousand people are expected to attend, including many big names from the yachting community.

Blake was shot dead last Wednesday during a robbery attempt by river pirates who boarded his yacht, the Seamaster, which was anchored near Macapa in the mouth of the Amazon River.

Blake and a crew of 10 were returning from a two-month stay in the upper reaches of the Amazon and Rio Negro rivers.

Blake, 53, who led New Zealand to America’s Cup victories in 1995 and 2000, was on a worldwide expedition to monitor global warming and pollution.

Earlier this year, he was named special envoy for the United Nations Environment Programme.

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