Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Cinema stars attend Winner memorial

Left to right. Sir Roger Moore, Sidney Mackay Michael, Geraldine Winner and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe during the Michael Winner memorial service at the National Police Memorial in The Mall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 23, 2013. See PA story MEMORIAL Winner. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Sir Roger Moore (left) described the late Michael Winner's work to establish the Police Memorial Trust as 'very fine and noble'

A memorial service for the late film director Michael Winner has been attended by two giants of British cinema - Sir Roger Moore and Sir Michael Caine.

The movie stars joined veteran broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson and Winner's wife Geraldine to pay tribute to the filmmaker-turned-food critic at the National Police Memorial in central London.

Winner, who set up the Police Memorial Trust following the death of Pc Yvonne Fletcher in 1984, was also hailed by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe while a message from Prime Minister David Cameron was read out.

Around 100 people gathered in the north east corner of St James's Park to witness the unveiling of a plaque in honour of Winner.

Sir Roger, the former James Bond star, said Winner's work to establish the Police Memorial Trust was "very fine and noble".

He told the audience: "His greatest achievement is why we're here. My father was a police officer stationed at Bow Street, and when Michael Caine and I made a film together with Michael Winner, I was impersonating a police officer and Mr Winner arranged that I could have a uniform that bore my father's number PC168E, which I wore with great pride.

"But now, we're here because of the very fine and noble work that Michael did in establishing the Police Memorial Trust to mark the places where brave and mainly unarmed police officers gave their lives for our safety, for our protection."

Winner had a reputation as a strong-minded character who spoke his mind.

Sir Roger added: "To me, Michael Winner was a man who firmly believed that his bite was worse than his bark. He was none of those things. He was a pussy cat with chutzpah, and the chutzpah to make him believe that he was a rottweiler, which he was not, absolutely."

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