Thousands of dignitaries, politicians and ordinary Australians have gathered inside and outside the Opera House, with the flags on the top of the Harbour Bridge at half-mast, to honour the life of the iconic former prime minister, who died on May 16 aged 89. Craig Emerson was one of Mr Hawke’s closest advisers and friends and served as the service’s MC, getting things off to a hilarious start. Mr Emerson introduced himself as “former economic, environmental and horse racing adviser” to Mr Hawke, drawing laughs from the crowd. It was one of several times that the event was punctuated by laughter, perhaps none bigger than when Mr Hawke made a special cameo appearance to conduct the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Sydney Symphony Orchestra in its rendition of Hallelujah. Blanche d’Alpuger speaks during a state memorial service for the late former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke at Sydney Opera House. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images Bob Hawke conducts the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs at his memorial.Source:Supplied The state memorial service for the late former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke at the Sydney Opera House. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images Mr Hawke’s wife of 24 years, Blanche d’Alpuget, delivered a stirring farewell to the… Read full this story
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