I’ve been meaning to write this up for days … damned apathy!
The whole day on Saturday went well, the weather was dry (but a bit chilly!), lots of people turned up (over 200) and the food at the pub was great.
The service itself took place at Great Witley Church which is a pretty nice place as churchs go - the ceiling is beautiful and well known (apparently) and the whole place is bright and airy (there are some photos at the bottom of this post). We picked that particular church because it was where Mum and Dad were married (just over 43 years ago) and Mum knows the vicar, Reverend Alan Norkett, really well.
Me and my two brothers meeted and greeted people at the door and there were plenty of people that I hadn’t seen for a while, some for over 20 years. There were quite a few of Mum and Dad’s friends that I’d never met, too, although most of them knew all about me … We had three cheerful hymns — “Morning Has Broken”, “He Who Would Valiant Be” and “Jerusalem” — a reading done by Sue P (a family friend) and the eulogy read out between me and my two brothers.
Most of the congregation retired to The Hundred House afterwards (photo by Andrew Mawby) and we were treated to some superbly prepared food - there was beef casserole, jacket potatoes, chicken curry, rice, vegetable lasagne, chips and a selection of vegetables … delicious stuff. I ate plenty, talked plenty and generally had a good time.
Thanks Dad, take it easy.