Special send-off planned for haulage hero Jack Richards

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Saturday, May 31, 2014
6:30 AM

A special send off is being planned for Norfolk haulage hero Jack Richards, who died this month.

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On Tuesday morning, before a private funeral in King’s Lynn, Mr Richards’ coffin will be placed on one of his company’s vintage 1954 Bedford S type lorries and driven around Fakenham - his home town.

People are encouraged to line the streets to pay tribute to Mr Richards who was one of Norfolk’s most well-known businessmen.

This will start at 10am and, after the funeral, there will be a memorial service at Fakenham Parish Church at 1.30pm, which is open to the public and expected to attract hundreds of people, followed by a wake at Fakenham Racecourse.

Denny Harvey, 77, a friend of Mr Richards for 30 years, said: “Jack was known all over the country so I expect there will be several hundred people who want to come and pay their respects.

“It should be a special day and it right that Jack is given a fitting send off.

“Jack started his company with the S type Bedford lorries so it was felt this was a good way to do it.”

Mr Richards came to Fakenham 43 years ago with five vehicles and built up the multi-million pound road transport company, Jack Richards and Son, which now employs 370 people and owns 225 golden yellow lorries, which are instantly recognisable on roads throughout Britain.

He died, aged 90, earlier this month following a period of ill health.

Mr Richards was also president of the Fakenham and District Branch of the Royal British Legion and of Fakenham Town Band.

On Tuesday, the lorry carrying Mr Richards’ coffin, will leave Mr Richards’ museum of vintage British haulage vehicles, on Fakenham Industrial Estate, at 10am and head down Rudham Stile Lane, Claypit Lane, where Mr Richards lived, Highfield Road, Oak Street, through Market Place, Bridge Street, Whitehorse Street, Holt Road and back to the museum.

Becks Meadow car park, on Whitehorse Street, will open especially in expectation of extra visitors to the town.

Meanwhile, proposals are being suggested for ways in which Fakenham can honour Mr Richards’ memory.

Suggestions have included naming a road after Mr Richards and having a business studies scholarship at Fakenham College in Mr Richards’ name.

Send your suggestions to adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

2 comments

  • WHAT A FANTASTIC SEND OFF FOR JACK !!!! I worked for jack for 25 yrs around 1974 until about 1999. I did not know much of his background until reading the papers and listening to others. He done a lot for Fakenham and supported a lot of charities throughout. He was also well liked and respected through out. I remember when he started in Fakenham on an old piece of ground with 4 or 5 trucks, and I was about the tenth employee. and now he has I think about a third or more of the estate, and a museum of his old trucks. So why not name the business park JACK RICHARDS BUSINESS PARK, in honor of him as this will be there for ever. After-all it did build up around HIM to what it is today. Also a sign underneath MUSEUM ---->. this would be a great tribute I think to someone who done so much. ( the sign could even be in hi s colors too ). He was a hard man to work for, but had to be to get him where he is today. But not lets forget the DRIVERS who have not been mentioned, who also helped build the company up. Long hours, unsociable hrs. On time deliveriescollections, respect and politeness towards the customer. All this gets around customer to customer. When I retired I used to meet him every Wednesday in the auction rooms asking him how Glad was and Anthony and we would have a good old chat about the old days and good laugh about them too. Also told me about his troubles and health. I can now say it was an honor to work for him

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    hustler

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Having holidayed in Norfolk for many, many years. I am always cheered when I see a Jack Richards lorry on the road, no matter where it is. Sentimental I Know! Lets have a Fakenham road named after him. Jack Richards Way, perhaps.

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    Lover of Norfolk

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

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