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Airwaves of Q Radio fall silent in memory of Stephen Clements

A minute's silence was held on the Q Radio airwaves for Stephen Clements yesterday

THE airwaves of Q Radio fell silent yesterday in memory of its former presenter Stephen Clements.

The station paid the tribute to the broadcaster by holding a minute's silence, describing it as a "moment for reflection".

It came a week after the death of the 47-year-old, who passed away suddenly on January 7.

The funeral of the popular host had been due to take place yesterday. It had originally been announced that a service would be held at Roselawn Cemetery and open to the public.

However, those plans were cancelled with a private service with just family and close friends to be held instead.

Q Radio said in a statement: "In memory of our former colleague and friend, Stephen Clements, one minute silence will be observed on Q Radio at 4.30pm today (Tuesday).

"Please feel free to join us for a moment of reflection."

Ahead of the minute's silence, Q Radio presenter Ibe Sesay paid tribute to Clements, whom he said always "put a smile on our faces" and "made us laugh uncontrollably".

He said their thoughts were with the broadcaster's family adding "we are going to miss you Stephen".

Q Radio news presenter David Hunter also tweeted: "Wherever you might be today you can join us through the airwaves to say goodbye to a one of a kind radio legend.

"Stephen Clements may be our former colleague, but he'll always be family at Q Radio. We're thinking of his family and two kids today as they say a final farewell."

Clements had spent eight years at Q Radio before moving to BBC NI last year, describing it as his "dream" job.

As well as presenting a show on Radio Ulster, he also co-presented coverage from The Open and the recent BBC Children In Need appeal in Northern Ireland.

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