Full House - And Then Some - At Emotional Service
More than anything else, the size of the turn-out told the story. "It's very rare that we get what you might call a capacity crowd," said the Reverend David Wright. "It's a real tribute to Graham Hawkins that we have one here today." 'Standing room only' barely starts to explain what a tight squeeze it was in Bushbury Crematorium's west chapel. There were at least twice as many stood at the sides as there were seated and we learned later that around 30 others, including Mike Bailey, John Richards, John McAlle and Phil Parkes, had been shoe-horned into the foyer, following proceedings as best they could on a TV screen. Maybe this should have been one of those all-ticket funerals!