Memorial service for newsreader Barnes

A memorial service to honour former ITV newsreader Carol Barnes, who died earlier this month, will be held in Brighton on Saturday.

Barnes, who was a familiar face on the channel’s news bulletins including News at Ten in the 70s and 80s, died on March 8 after suffering a stroke.

A number of her former colleagues will join family and friends at the Grand Hotel in Brighton to remember the 63-year-old.

They will include Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow, who will read the eulogy, while a filmed tribute from ITN will also be shown.

Around 150 mourners, including ex-collegues Dermot Murnaghan, Alastair Stewart and Nicholas Owen attended her funeral, which was also held in Brighton.

Among those who paid tribute to Barnes at her funeral were her former partner, ex-government minister Dennis McShane.

“I think her great professional contribution was as a great professional from a generation that created great journalists,” he said.

Her son James also spoke at the funeral. “She made me care, she made me love, she opened the world to me,” he told mourders.