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Elvis fan gets send off fit for the King

Pallbearers dressed as Elvis. Credit: Rafael Learmonth

A rock and roll fan got a send off fit for the King at an Elvis Presley themed funeral.

It was a fitting send off for Elvis fan Frank Kerr Credit: Rafael Learmonth

Mourners decided to give Elvis fan Frank Kerr the memorable service at Vinter's Park Crematorium at Maidstone in Kent.

The 64-year-old from Five Oak Green, near Tonbridge, passed away on June 14.

Final journey for Sussex biker

He was a gentle giant and today scores of his biker friends took him on his final journey through Sussex. Barry Flood, known as 'Bear', died after he suffered a brain injury in a motorbike accident.

In true biker-style, his coffin was carried behind a Harley Davidson trike - much to the surprise of passers-by. Charlotte Wilkins speaks to friends Ian Dorian and Peter Saunders.


Hundreds pay their final respects to the 'Queen Mother of the Isle of Wight'

Today, hundreds of people - including actors and comedians - paid their final respects to Gloria Minghella who died at the age of 83.

The much-loved islander founded Minghella's Ice cream with her husband Edward in 1950.

And she was mother to the famous film director Anthony Minghella. She also received an MBE from the Queen in 2007 for her services to the community. From Ryde, Richard Slee reports.


Minghella's daughters express grief ahead of funeral

Minghella "Queen mum of IOW" funeral takes place

Gloria Minghella's funeral will take place in the Isle of Wight today Credit: PA Wire

The funeral of Gloria Minghella, of Minghella icecream, will take place today in the Isle of Wight.

Gloria was dubbed the 'Queen mum of the IOW' as she headed the ice-cream business on the island, was involved in various charity work and was previously Deputy Lord Lieutenant for the island.

She died on Thursday 27th March and left behind her husband, who she co-founded the Minghella business with, and four grown-up children.

Her son Dominic Minghella, who was a producer for Doc Martin and Robin Hood, paid tribute to his late mum on his website: "You can imagine our pain. You cannot imagine our pride."

Pearly Gates beckon for Pearly King

He was a pearly king from a long line of pearly kings, and today, Brian James Hemsley from Crowborough in Sussex was given a suitably glittering funeral. Fellow Kings and Queens from across London went to commemorate his life.

David Johns reports, speaking to Pearly King, Pat Jolly; David Hemsley, Brian's son; and Carole Jolly, a Pearly Queen.

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