Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stars Say Final Goodbyes to Pete Postlethwaite

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stars Say Final Goodbyes to Pete Postlethwaite

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MOVIE stars Daniel Day Lewis and Kevin Spacey were among guests at a memorial service for actor Pete Postlethwaite.

Day Lewis, 53, who appeared with Postlethwaite in In the Name of the Father, said: "My great good fortune was to serve an apprenticeship under Pete Postlethwaite."

Grimethorpe Colliery Band, the brass ensemble conducted by Postlethwaite as bandleader Danny in the movie Brassed Off, performed a rousing rendition of Danny Boy.

And the actor's own words rang out around the church in Shoreditch, east London, with a recording from AE Housman's A Shropshire Lad.

Postlethwaite, acknowledged as one of the finest actors in the world by director Steven Spielberg, died in January after a lengthy fight with cancer.

He is understood to have been diagnosed first in the early 1990s.

His films included The Usual Suspects, The Shipping News, Inception and Romeo and Juliet.

Shropshire-based Postlethwaite landed an Oscar nomination for his performance as Guiseppe Conlon in In The Name Of The Father, about the men wrongfully imprisoned for a notorious IRA bomb attack. …

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