Rhodri Morgan funeral in Cardiff attended by hundreds – BBC News

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Media captionA look back at Mr Morgan’s funeral, described as a “celebration of their own lives through terms, poetry and music”

Hundreds of people have paid their respects to former first minister Rhodri Morgan in a funeral at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

Family and friends delivered tributes to the former Cardiff West AM and MP, reflecting his political and personal life, and his passion for sport.

Humanist celebrant Lorraine Barrett, who conducted the ceremony, said he was the “people’s first minister”.

The Senedd was at capacity, with crowds standing and sitting on steps outside.

Mr Morgan, who died earlier in May aged 77, served as the Welsh Assembly’s first pastor from 2000 to 2009.

He was credited with bringing stability to the fledgling assembly during his years in charge.

It is understood Mr Morgan had been out cycling near his home when he died.

As it happened: BBC coverage of the funeral Tributes get paid to ‘a real father figure’ Obituary: Rhodri Morgan Morgan a ‘master of the one liners’ Media captionRhodri Morgan’s grandson Efan results mourners in a version of Calon Lan Media captionDaughter Mari said Rhodri Morgan was, first and foremost, their father and grandpa Image caption Carwyn Jones: “A loss to the family, a loss to us all” Media caption‘He was genuine, honest and sincere’

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