A-road standstill as 800 attend traveller funeral

March 21, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Traffic on an A-road was brought to a standstill after 800 mourners attended the funeral of a much-loved traveller.

A-road standstill after 800 attend traveller funeral

Mother-of-three Queenie Smith, 46, who lived on the Blackwell travellers’ site in Milton, Cambs., died earlier this month.

Roads were closed by police as a procession of 300 travellers followed her horsedrawn funeral carriage to St Andrew’s Church, Chesterton, Cambs.

After a short service the mourners moved to a nearby cemetery where they met a further 500 travellers to pay tribute to ”well-respected” Queenie.

The Rev Nick Moir, vicar of St Andrew’s Church, said: ”Queenie was a well-respected member of the community and it was also an early death.

”We are the travellers’ church around here and we hold many funerals and weddings for the community.

”What we usually see is that travellers come from the four winds so we get quite large attendances.”

Bell ringers played The Six Tailors, which is traditionally played at funerals to mark the death of a woman, at the service led by Rev Dorothy Peyton Jones.

The Whitney Houston hit I Will Always Love You replaced traditional hymns or organ playing.

The procession left the church at around 1pm on Friday and met a further 500 mourners at the nearby Milton Cemetery.

Police on motorbikes briefly stopped traffic on the A14 and A10 to allow the procession to pass.

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