The friends and family of the founder of the Bluebell Railway, Bernard Holden MBE, are paying their final respects at his funeral in Ditchling in East Sussex.
The family and friends of Bernard Holden MBE are paying their final respects at his funeral on the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex. The 104-year-old passed away peacefully on the 4th October.
The former President of the Bluebell Railway, Bernard Holden MBE will take his final trip on the line later, as family and friends gather to pay their final respects.
Mr Holden dedicated his life to the preservation of the railway and its unique history. He celebrated his 104th birthday back in March.
He passed away peacefully at the nursing home where he had lived for some time on the 4th October.
One of the founders of the Bluebell Railway in Sussex has died at the age of 104.
Bernard Holden MBE was the Operations Manager at Victoria Station until 1959, when he retired in order to start the steam line, founded a year later.
He worked on it into his 90s and remained lifetime President of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society. He was awarded the MBE in 1992 for his services to steam railway preservation.
His family said he passed away peacefully early this morning at his care home in Ditchling.