Peter Boursnell

This is a website to remember Peter Boursnell who died on June 5th, 2017.

If you’d like to share a memory of Pete, please click on the Comments menu above, and post your comment there.  Thank you.

The funeral was on July 10th at the South West Middlesex Crematorium. Thank you to everyone who came and made it such an uplifting occasion.

If you would like to make a donation to a charity that was close to Pete’s heart, we have chosen Community Action Nepal, a charity founded by the mountaineer Doug Scott whose aim is to help mountain people to help themselves raise their standard of living and strengthen indigenous, community-based culture.

You can donate at MyDonate or JustGiving


The last film Peter watched with Mike was ‘The Last Waltz’ a favourite of both of ours.  The film is the farewell concert by The Band, and features many of the musicians Pete loved: Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell etc.

Mike asked his friend, poet and musician Malcolm Guite, to write a poem for Pete on the theme of The Last Waltz. You may have to watch the film to get the references!


The Last Waltz

For Peter Boursnell

This poem should be PLAYED LOUD! Turn it up
A little higher on your radio,
And let me hear a song of love and hope
Made for the man who raised up all the low
Who told the lowly ‘Aim a little higher’,
Who climbed his mountains too, and gave that power
To everyone he taught, helped them aspire,
The overlooked, to scale the ivory tower.

Turn up the volume Pete, play the Last Waltz,
Strum out your life and say ‘they’ve got it now’,
Play the true note that blows away the false,
Take your deserved applause, your final bow,
You leave this stage but still your song is sung,
In grateful hearts you’ll stay Forever Young.

Malcolm Guite