say farewell to Burnham's former Mayor Neville Jones
of people attended the funeral of former Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
Mayor and war veteran Neville Jones OBE on Thursday.
a four-time Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, died peacefully at
his home on August 16th at the age of 94.
funeral service was held in St Andrew's Church in Burnham where
tributes were paid from some of the groups with which he was involved.
of honour was formed outside the church by crewmembers from BARB
Search & Rescue, where Neville was its President for 24 years.
coffin was carried into the church to the sound of Frank Sinatra's
My Way and there were emotional tributes from Burnham and Highbridge
Mayor Michael Clarke, BARB Chairman Mark Newman, BIARS Chairman
Tom Ashton, close friend Mike Murphy and vicar Graham Witts, with
a poetry reading by Amanda Owens.
hymns and readings, the service ended to the sound of Rod Stewart's
I Am Sailing.
and Highbridge's current Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, said: "It
was a wonderful send-off with such a marvellous turnout. It was
wonderful to see so many people paying their respects and hearing
about the many aspects of life that Neville was involved in."
put his heart and soul into Burnham and Highbridge - he pushed and
pushed for improvements in both towns over the years. He will be
missed by many across our two towns, having been a big part of many
local groups, and involved with all aspects of our local community."
with a civic award for his community work last October in recognition
of his 30 years as a town councillor. During that time, he served
as Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor for four terms and was described
as a "driving force" behind many local groups.
World War II, he was a Sub Lieutenant onboard the carrier HMS Speaker,
the first Allied ship into Tokyo Bay during World War II. We featured
role in detail here during the 70th anniversary of VJ Day last year
when he was thanked for his service by the Duke Of Edinburgh.
BARB's crew formed a guard of honour for the charity's late President
Neville Jones on Thursday (photos Mo Hunt)