Photo Gallery: Fakenham gathers to say a fond farewell to Jack Richards

Scenes from Jack Richards Memorial service at Fakenham Parish Church - A full church for the service

Scenes from Jack Richards Memorial service at Fakenham Parish Church - A full church for the service. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

It was a poignant final journey for Norfolk's king of the road.

A vinatge 1954 Beford S type carries Jack Richards coffin around Fakenham for one last time, during

A vinatge 1954 Beford S type carries Jack Richards coffin around Fakenham for one last time, during a procession on Tuesday morning. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

It was a poignant final journey for Norfolk's king of the road.

Applause rang out in Fakenham yesterday as the town bade farewell to haulage entrepreneur Jack Richards.

Ahead of his funeral in King's Lynn, Mr Richards' coffin was driven around Fakenham on one of his company's vintage 1954 Bedford S type lorries.

This was followed by a parade of the unmistakable golden yellow lorries which his company, Jack Richards and Son, has used over the years right up to the present day.


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More than 200 people gathered in Fakenham Market Place to witness Mr Richards' final journey and many clapped in appreciation of his service to the town.

Mr Richards came to Fakenham 43 years ago with five vehicles and built up a multi-million pound road transport company,

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Mr Richards, the former president of the Fakenham and District branch of the Royal British Legion and Fakenham Town Band, died last month following a period of ill health.

After the funeral, hundreds of people filled Fakenham Parish Church for an emotional service of thanksgiving.

The rector of Fakenham, the Rev Adrian Bell said: 'Jack's wonderful smiling face was seen everywhere in Fakenham and he touched so many lives.

'He did so many things for this town with great skill and he always had a great sense of people skills.'

Referring to the fire which gutted the former Aldiss building, just metres from the church nine days before, Mr Bell said: 'We almost weren't able to hold this service here today and I'm sure Jack would have been the first person to thank the firefighters for their bravery.'

During the service, Mr Richards' granddaughter Lisa Richards, said: 'If I had to sum up my memories of my grandfather in one word it would be 'pride.'

'He felt it was important to be proud of who you are and to take pride in everything you do.'

Denny Harvey, 77, a friend of Mr Richards for 30 years, who was known as his right-hand man, said afterwards: 'Jack has been given a really great send-off.

'I know Jack, himself, would have been very pleased with it.'

How do you think Fakenham should honour Mr Richards' memory? Email adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

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