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FRIENDS and fellow bishops will help to lead the funeral of the former Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Kenneth Stevenson.

The funeral of the eighth Bishop of Portsmouth will take place at 10.30am on Wednesday next week at Portsmouth Cathedral.

Hundreds of friends, colleagues and worshippers from the diocese and across the UK will attend to say goodbye to the much-loved bishop, who died last Tuesday after a short illness.

Bishop Kenneth’s friend, the Rt Rev John Gladwin, who has served as Bishop of Guildford and Chelmsford, will preach the sermon, while the Eucharist will be celebrated by his brother-in-law, the Rt Rev David Tustin, a former Bishop of Grimsby.

The current Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, said: ‘The diocese and cathedral is privileged to host this service so that, with Bishop Kenneth’s family and friends, we may together give thanks for him and his ministry, and honour his leadership of our diocese.

‘Kenneth Stevenson had a big heart, a strong voice and deep commitment. These he offered to the world and the church, and very many of us cherish his infectious confidence in God and the clarity with which he shared it.’

Another brother-in-law, the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Rev Peter Forster, will lead prayers with the Rt Rev David Stancliffe, former Provost of Portsmouth Cathedral and Bishop of Salisbury, and the Very Rev John Hall, dean of Westminster Cathedral.

The music chosen by Bishop Kenneth for the funeral includes Mozart’s Sparrow Mass and organ music by Bach and the Danish composer Dieterich Buxtehude.