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How Peter Ford convinced Larry Emdur to pen a heartfelt letter to Bert Newton

Gareth Parker
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Entertainment guru Peter Ford has revealed how he convinced TV host Larry Emdur to pen a heartfelt letter to Bert Newton a couple of months before he died.

“So many people have said to me ‘oh would you pass on a message for me to (Bert’s widow) Patti,” he told Gareth Parker on 6PR Breakfast.

“And I’ve said to so many people ‘no, i won’t’ I’m just not doing it.

“You get a pen out, a piece of paper, buy a stamp, I’ll actually forward or hand deliver it to the house for you … this happened with Larry Emdur.”

Mr Ford said he refused to pass on a message of well wishes to Patti when Bert wasn’t doing well from the channel 7 star, and instead convinced him to write a letter himself.

He then gave him instructions on how to post it.

“To his credit, he went and bought a card, and then rang me and asked me for instructions on what he does next, because he’s never sent a card.

“But he did, he found a postbox, and it got delivered.

“And I’ll tell you this – it was the treasured thing that Bert had at his bedside, that one of the younger generation of TV performers had written in this heartfelt letter”.

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Gareth Parker
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