HARRYY Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has paid tribute to his beloved Banbridge born grandmother, who died last week.

The Leader this week published the first photograph of Daniel and Elsie May Radcliffe which was taken at the beginning of August, during Daniel's most recent visit to Banbridge and prior to his departure for Broadway where he is starring until February in the production of Equus.

Stage commitments meant that the star was unable to attend his grandmother's funeral on Monday of last week (October 6) to 1st Presbyterian Non-Subscribing Church, Banbridge.

Mrs Radcliffe, from Cline Walk, passed away in Craigavon Hospital on October 2 after taking ill at a concert in St Mark's Parochial Hall, Portadown.


Daniel dedicated his performance that night to his grandmother, who took such pride in the achievements of all three of her grandsons, Daniel, Stephen and Philip.

Mrs Radcliffe was also well known in the Dromore area, where some family members live.

Elsie is survived by her daughter Mrs Linda McWilliams (Dromore), son Alan Radcliffe (London), son-in-law Drew, daughter-in-law Marcia, three grandchildren Daniel, Stephen and Philip, and two sisters Mrs Jean Wylie (Banbridge) and Mrs Eileen Reid (Tandragee).

Daniel asked his father Alan, a former pupil of Banbridge High School, to read the following poem 'Remember' by Christina Rossetti at the funeral.

"Remember me when I am gone away,

Gone far away into the silent land;

When you can no more hold me by the hand,

Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.

Remember me when no more day by day

You tell me of our future that you plann'd:

Only remember me; you understand

It will be late to counsel then or pray.

Yet if you should forget me for a while

And afterwards remember, do not grieve:

For if the darkness and corruption leave

A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,

Better by far you should forget and smile

Than that you should remember and be sad."