Devastated Lauren Laverne quits BBC Glastonbury coverage as mum tragically dies

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Lauren Laverne has pulled out of the BBC's planned coverage of Glastonbury festival after sharing the news that her mother Celia has died.

The star, who hosts BBC's 6Music breakfast show, was due to cover the iconic festival this weekend but is now understandably taking time off.

She announced on Friday (June 24) that she would not be appearing on the BBC this weekend due to "personal reasons".

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Now, the 44-year-old took to Instagram to share her sad news and explain what was going on with her BBC job this weekend.

She said: "Yesterday I lost my mam, Celia. She was the kindest, most compassionate and most tenacious person I have ever met."

Lauren went on: "Born in the middle of nine kids, she was a master peacemaker and persuader. She passed her 11+ and went to grammar school which changed our family’s direction forever. Met my Dad at 16 and loved him every day of her life.

"She ran the only reggae club night in the NE and told me that being young in the 60s felt like that line in Mr Tambourine Man 'to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free'.

"She worked as a seamstress and a casino dancer (also making costumes for the troupe) to pay her way through college and became a wonderful teacher, eventually managing all Sunderland’s colleges."

Lauren explained that her mum got she and her brother into politics, with Celia eventually becoming a city councillor.

She said: "She delighted in helping people, especially those who like her knew what it was like to grow up without.

"She had watched so many decades of history documentaries that when we met historian Michael Wood they chatted away like colleagues."

Lauren explained that Celia had been excited to watch Paul McCartney – "her favourite Beatle" – at Glastonbury, and the family has been left "utterly heartbroken to lose her".

A number of famous faces shared their well-wishes, with Sophie Ellis Bextor saying: "Your Ma sounds like the most amazing woman. So sorry, Lauren. Sending lots of love xxx."

While Alan Carr said: "So so sorry Lauren. Thinking of you today."


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