09 Jun 2016

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

Bristol to screen Muhammad Ali’s memorial service

Big Screen Bristol in Millennium Square will show the memorial service of Muhammad Ali who passed away on Friday 3 June.

The service for the former world heavyweight champion boxer and civil rights campaigner will be streamed live from his home city of Louisville, Kentucky from 7pm (UK time) on Friday 10 June.

Among the speakers at the funeral will be former US President Bill Clinton, American actor Billy Crystal and US sports broadcaster Bryant Gumbel.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Muhammad Ali is rightly recognised as one of the world’s great personalities. His influence transcended nations and his message of equality and justice was universal. It is fitting that his final statement to the world be one that is shared with a global audience.

“I have asked for the service to be screened live so that our city joins with communities around the world in sharing Ali’s final journey.

“I would like to thank At-Bristol for agreeing to the use of the big screen and I would also like to thank the organisers of the Festival of Nature for giving up their time to help organise this screening.”

People attending the screening will be able to watch the events from Millennium Square although not all of the square will be open for the public. A portion will remain fenced off in anticipation of the weekend’s Festival of Nature, due to open at 10am on Saturday 11 June.

Anyone unable to attend the public screening can view the memorial service by visiting www.alicenter.org where a live stream will be available. Full details of the funeral can be found on the Ali Center website.

A book of condolence has also been opened at Bristol Central Library and is available to be signed by members of the public.