COMEDIAN Roy Hudd OBE described Britain’s First Lady of the Trumpet as ‘pure class’ during her funeral today (February 6).
More than 100 guests, including comedian Ken Dodd, attended the touching ceremony for Felpham resident Joan Hinde, at Chichester Crematorium this morning.
Mr Hudd began his Eulogy by telling guests Joan first ‘tooted her trumpet’ 75 years ago, aged only six-years-old.
“What a career ay? Makes Bruce Forsyth’s look like a one nighter,” said Mr Hudd.
He told guests that Joan’s uncle, a conductor of two brass bands, gave her a cornet and the music of ‘I’ll walk beside you’ and told her if she was any good she could play with his band.
“She was, and she did. She did so well, all the guests threw money at her feet.
“She used to say ‘I’ve been looking for a job like that ever since, the easiest half crown I ever made’.
“At the age of 10 she was auditioned by the famous brass band man Harry Mortimer, so many great brass players began with Harry.
“If he was impressed with you, you were good.”
Joan passed away at the age of 81, on January 22, after enjoying a career surrounded by some of the biggest names in entertainment.
Two stars that Joan was particularly close to were the legendary comedians Elsie and Doris Waters, known as Gert and Daisy, who introduced her to the world of variety shows.
Mr Hudd said the last time he and his wife Debbie spent time with Joan and her husband Ken they were ‘reminiscing and laughing all afternoon long’.
“We came away floating on air. She was on top form as always. A total joy to be with. She was in every sense ‘pure class’, as a performer she was the ultimate professional.”
One of Joan’s most famous moments - when she made a surprise appearance as the Lady Mayoress of Knotty Ash during ‘An Audience with Ken Dodd’ and they performed a duet of ‘The Very Thought of You’.
Mr Hudd read out his own version of that song especially for Joan.
“The very thought of you and I remember who, it was who told us all the things we ought to do.
“Your smile so warm and sunny, and gowns that were ring-a-ding.
“You told stories that were good and funny, and gave audiences everything.
“Arrangements brought with you, always gave the band a clue.
“Eddie Calvert, Kenny Baker and Roy Castle, all wanted to play near you.
“To the skies we praised good players, but your own trumpet never heard.
“No just the thought of you makes us all smile, thank you for being just, our Joan.”