Video and photo gallery: Cromer shotgun death couple’s funeral

Funeral of Andrea and Keith Johnson at Cromer church.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Funeral of Andrea and Keith Johnson at Cromer church. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Friday, December 21, 2012
2:59 PM

A tragic Cromer couple were driven away for a joint burial this afternoon following a solemn funeral held in the wake of their double shotgun death.

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A funeral is being held today for Andrea and Keith Johnson, pictured. PHOTO: submitted.A funeral is being held today for Andrea and Keith Johnson, pictured. PHOTO: submitted.

More than 600 people packed into Cromer Parish Church for the thanksgiving service for the lives of Keith and Andrea Johnson.

The couple died on December 2, when Mr Johnson, 58, is believed to have shot his 44-year-old wife on their neighbour’s driveway at Compit Hills, near Cromer, before turning the gun on himself.

The sombre service was briefly held up when Mr Johnson’s brother Trevor was taken ill with chest pains. An ambulance eventually arrived to take him to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Earlier, a single bell tolled in Cromer town centre at lunchtime and a smattering of pre-Christmas shoppers stopped in their tracks as the cortege of two hearses and two cars edged slowly through the streets, behind funeral director and friend of the couple Les Amis.

The coffins - first Andrea, then Keith - were carried through the front door of the parish church where the couple were married on May 1 2004.

Mr Johnson was the leader of North Norfolk District Council and a member of Cromer Town Council for 28 years - including seven as mayor.

Mourners turning up for the funeral included representatives of local councils, including the chairman of NNDC Peter Moore, along with a cross section of the local community from carnival organisers to lifeboatmen.

The service was taken by the vicar of Cromer the Rev Canon Dr David Court, who also conducted their wedding. Beforehand he said local people were still shocked and struggling to come to terms with the deaths.

Dr Court was supported by the Rev Simon Lawrence, vicar of Sutton Parish Church, where Mrs Johnson’s parents John and Janice are members.

Dr Court remembered Andrea as full of life, bubbly and vibrant, while Keith was gentle and calm, while they were both well dressed and enjoyed their roles in the community.

Dr Court was also impressed by the way the families’ wish to have a joint funeral when it would have been “so easy to let bitterness take hold”.

Mr and Mrs Chadwick, who live near Stalham, said they had “no animosity” towards their son-in-law after the “spur of the moment” incident.

9 comments

  • The EDP invited comments, but seemingly it is reluctant to publish any more.

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    Nemesis

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Dr Court " it's so easy to let bitterness take hold" ????????????????

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    nnaw

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • On this same website, there is a heartrending article about distraught parents whose daughter “had her life taken away from her” as a result of the actions of a drunk driver who was imprisoned for eight years for causing death by dangerous driving. Should this not cause us to pause and think?

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    John Martin

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • I am appalled by the coverage of this story. I work for a Women's Aid organisation and have worked with victims of abuse for many years. Men who kill there partners do not do it suddenly and uncharacteristically. Abusive men have issues with Power and Control and use many tactics to ensure this. When they feel like they have lost control over their victim, they step up their level of abuse, this can result in murder. Andrea was murdered, and there is no justification or excusing this.

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    JM

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • I should imagine many comment's will be blocked by Archant. If these were two unemployed people from a council estate would the same neutral coverage be given?

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    nnaw

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • What example do we set for our children if we appear to condone killing, whatever the circumstances?

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    Nemesis

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Had he not have killed himself he would now be in prison for murder. People seem to forget that.

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    robster

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • There was much discussion about this on Radio Norfolk the day before the funerals. I think this should have been kept as low key as possible because after all, a murder has been committed. Why is this any different to high profile murder cases which, when the murderer dies, takes place almost unnoticed? When Ian Huntley's time comes, or Jeremy Bamber I don't think there will be all this fuss.

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    samphirelover

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • A good report of the funeral held earlier today. The service was delivered with absolute perfection and what was said were the memories what the hundreds of people present will remember Andrea and Keith for. A sad day for the town and people of Cromer. The measure of the man will be the many who come to remember him.

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    David Pritchard

    Friday, December 21, 2012

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