LYDIA Sum's nickname was "kai xin guo" (happy fruit in Chinese)
but her final farewell was one filled with sadness and tears.
Her memorial service, held at Hong Kong Coliseum yesterday
between 2pm and 4pm, was tinged with grief and melancholy.
Especially heartrending were speeches from 15 of her close
friends such as television veteran Robert Chua, actor-host Eric
Tsang, composer Lau Ka Cheung and a recorded video clip by singer
they spoke about their memories of Lydia, many of the 500
celebrities and 6,000 audience members were overwhelmed.
Lydia's daughter Joyce was constantly wiping away tears while her
father, actor Adam Cheng, sometimes stroked her shoulder to show
Lydia's many celebrity friends who turned up included Patrick
Tse, Deborah Li, Michelle Yim, Ng Man Tat, Taiwanese singer Ritchie
Jen, Miriam Yeung, Grasshoppers, Law Kar Ying and TVB stars like Nat
As the service ended at 4pm, the celebrity guests queued
patiently to plant Lydia's favourite white orchids and champagne
roses on the stage.
Members of the public queued outside for their turn to make their
floral offerings. The whole stadium was filled with the beautiful
flowers and their lingering scent.
Countless heart-shaped wreaths dotted the stage just under five
big suspended photos of Lydia.
On the floor, about 200 round floral wreaths filled the entire
centre row of seats.
Apple Daily reported yesterday that the import of white orchids
and champagne roses has gone up 20-fold recently.
The roses are mostly imported from Holland, Singapore and China
while the orchids are mostly from Thailand.
Hong Kong's fresh flowers distribution association chief, Mr Wong
Heng Keong, said: "Because the demand for the flowers for Lydia's
memorial service is so great, champagne roses from Holland has gone
out of stock."