I feel that this unusual Totnes funeral needs recording. It took place yesterday and Fore Street was closed to traffic as the coffin of a homeless man – Michael Gething – who died of hypothermia outside the Methodist church last month was carried through the town to Follaton Cemetery.
The funeral procession halted three times en route, both to change pallbearers and so that poems and a eulogy could be spoken over the coffin. Graham, the man in the top hat – a homeless friend of Michael’s who sells T-shirts (saying TOTNES TWINNED WITH NARNIA) on the street – held a 48-hour vigil in memory of the deceased. This also raised funds from residents to pay for the funeral and to help the homeless. One contribution was said to be £1,000.
The BBC and ITV news teams were there to record the event.