Worcester Cathedral to hold D’Oliveira memorial service

Former Worcestershire and England all-rounder Basil D’Oliveira will be remembered at a Memorial Service at Worcester Cathedral in the New Year.

D’Oliveira died on November 18 aged 80 after a lengthy illness and is due to be cremated by the end of this week at a service that will be restricted to close friends and family.

But D’Oliveira’s family have been overwhelmed by the tributes that have been paid and the messages of sympathy they have received since news of his death was released and they are keen to give the opportunity to as many former team-mates, friends and members of the public as possible to celebrate his life.

A Memorial Service has been arranged for January 27 at Worcester Cathedral (2.30pm) with a similar event being organised by D’Oliveira’s relatives in Cape Town.

The South Africa event is likely to take place at the Newlands Test ground in the city where D’Oliveira was born and raised.

“All the tributes that have been paid and the condolences we have received have brought it home just how big he was,” said D’Oliveira’s son Damian.

“They are now talking about holding a Memorial Service at Newlands which is quite ironic because he could never play there. It would be quite fitting that, although he couldn’t play there, they will honour him in that way.”

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