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Glastonbury presenter Lauren Laverne steps down from covering the festival after the death of her “adored” mother Bath City News

BBC presenter Lauren Laverne has stepped down from covering the Glastonbury Festival this year following the death of her mother. The 44-year-old BBC 6Music breakfast show host was due to present coverage of Glastonbury Festival on the BBC this weekend, but has now told her subscribers about the sad passing of her mother.

The DJ paid a moving tribute to his mother Celia Goften in a touching Instagram post, reports the Mirror Online. She said her mum was the “most compassionate and tenacious person I’ve ever met” in the post, in which she shared several snaps of her mum as well as details of her life.

Lauren began her Instagram post, “Yesterday I lost my mom, Celia. She was the kindest, most compassionate, and tenacious person I’ve ever met.”

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She went on to write about her mother’s life: “Born among nine children, she was a mistress of peace and persuasion.

“She passed her 11+ and went to high school, which changed the direction of our family forever. I met my dad when I was 16 and loved him every day of his life.

“She ran the only reggae club night in the NE and told me being young in the 60s was like that phrase from Mr Tambourine Man ‘to dance under the diamond sky with one hand free’. She worked as a seamstress and a casino dancer (also making costumes for the troupe) to pay for her college education and became a wonderful teacher, eventually running all the colleges in Sunderland.”

Lauren Laverne and her mum Celia (Image: Image: laurenlaverne/Instagram)

Lauren continued with details of how her mother became politicized: “Somewhere along the line she had me with my brother and got political (she once kicked someone out of the BNP on the way to our garden with a rolling pin in one hand and me in the other arm) protested at Greenham Common and eventually became a councilor She was delighted to help people, especially those like her who knew what it was like to grow up without.

“She had watched so many decades of documentaries about history that when we met historian Michael Wood, they chatted like colleagues.” Lauren went on to say how she was as a mother and grandmother.

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The TV presenter continued: “She loved children and was the most devoted and adored mother and grandmother you could ever meet. But she also knew that mother is a verb as well as a noun and mothered so many others along the way who needed love and support throughout his life.

“She bonded everywhere she went, including the incredible teams at UCLH who cared for her – and us – at the end of her life. Thanks to them for everything. We all heartbroken to lose her.

“She had just given the children their pocket money at Glastonbury and was looking forward to watching Paulie (as he was always called in our house – her favorite Beatle) tonight. She had been a fan since she saw him at the ‘Empire of Sunderland in 1963 (and later met him with me – he was just lovely to her).

“Mom, I love you forever. Thank you for my fantastic life.

“I have no idea what I’m going to do without you, but I’ll try to make it interesting and you’ll be in my heart, always XXX.”

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Myleene Klass shared her support, writing, “Lala. My heart is broken for you.

“I know how close you were and what she meant to you. I will forever see Celia sitting with a cup of tea in her hand on your couch, next to your dad, watching our babies play on the rug and listening our news, encouraging us all when we needed it, holding each other’s hand tightly and sticking together when we needed it most.

“She had so much love, kindness and patience to give and we are richer from the time we knew and loved her. I love you Lala xxx”

As Fearne Cotton reached out to Lauren: “I’m so sorry Lauren. Sending you so much love.”

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Singer Sophie Ellis Bextor added, “Your mum sounds like the most amazing woman. Sorry Lauren. Sending lots of love xxx”

Comedian Alan Carr also sent his condolences, writing: “So sorry Lauren. Thinking of you today.”

Lauren shared her thanks on Twitter after tributes poured in on her Instagram post. She tweeted: “I lost my mum yesterday. I posted a bit of her on Instagram because I want to acknowledge her amazing life so here it is.

“Here I would just like to thank my truly amazing family, friends and colleagues for their support – especially lately. X”

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Lauren was one of the main presenters of the BBC’s Glastonbury Festival coverage this weekend and the broadcaster announced last night that she would not be appearing for ‘personal reasons’.


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