Timber merchant's coffin carried to his funeral on forklift truck driven by son

A TIMBER merchant was given a send off with a difference – with his coffin attached to his forklift truck driven by his son.

Mourners lined the streets of Wheatley Hill, to pay their respects to Tony Carr, who died on Boxing Day aged 88.

Son Jeremy, who drove the forklift, said:“ He was a well respected man in the village. Everyone knew him.

"He bought the truck in 1980.

"About two or three years ago I said jokingly to him ‘when you go I’m going to take you to your funeral in it’.

"I stuck to my word.”

As a young man Tony studied construction and brickwork at night school, before starting his own woodworking business.

He later bought the timber business in Wheatley Hill after seeing a boom in DIY, creating businesses employing more than 20 people.

Research has found that many people are ditching the traditional hearse for the likes of The traditional hearse is being ditched in favour of JCBs, motorbikes and on one occasion a milk float.

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