Lauren Laverne said she was “deeply heartbroken” as she announced the death of her mother Celia.
The BBC presenter revealed on Instagram that her mother had died on Friday (June 24) and described her as “the kindest, most compassionate and persistent person I have ever met”.
Laverne had been hosting Glastonbury coverage for the BBC this weekend.
As part of an extended tribute post, she wrote: “Yesterday I lost my mam Celia. She was the kindest, most compassionate and persistent person I have ever met. Born in the midst of nine children, she was a master peacemaker and persuasive.
“She ran the only reggae club night in the Northeast and told me it feels like being young in the ’60s, like the line in ‘Mr. She worked as a seamstress and casino dancer (she also sewed costumes for the troupe) to support her way through college, and became a wonderful teacher, eventually leading all of Sunderland’s colleges.”
Laverne continued: “Somewhere along the line she had me and my brother and got political (she once chased someone from the BNP down our garden path with a rolling pin in one hand and me in the other arm), protested Greenham Common and eventually became a councilman”.
She added that her mother had “beloved children” and was a “devoted and adored” mother and grandmother.
“But she also knew that mother is both a verb and a noun, and has mothered so many others along the way who have needed love and support throughout their lives,” she said. “Thank you for everything.
“We are all deeply heartbroken to lose her. She had just given the children their Glastonbury pocket money and was looking forward to seeing Paulie (as he was always called around our house – her favorite Beatle) tonight.
“She’s been a fan since she saw him at the Sunderland Empire in 1963 (and later met him with me – he was just nice to her).”
She then ended her post with words of gratitude to her mother.
“Mom, I love you forever. Thank you for my amazing life,” she wrote. “I have no idea what I’ll do without you, but I’ll try to make it interesting and you’ll always be in my heart.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/lauren-laverne-mother-death-b2109247.html Lauren Laverne is ‘heartbroken’ after the death of her mother Celia.