Letter: Powell's resting place

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The Independent Online
"LYING in state" is hardly a correct description of the practice whereby the body of any member of the Westminster Abbey family, of which the late Enoch Powell, being a regular attendant at both St Margaret's Church and the Abbey, was a much-respected member, is allowed to rest in the Abbey overnight before the funeral (report, 16 February).

Perhaps those clergy who are so incensed at the decision taken by the Abbey authorities to allow this should be asked if they would disallow such a tribute to a regular member of their own church's congregation simply because of his or her political beliefs.

JAMES BOWEN

Northwood, Middlesex

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