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Family thanks for town's respects
10:53am Friday 5th October 2012 in News
THE family of Margaret Lathom has thanked people in Chard for showing their res-pect as a horsedrawn carriage carried her coffin through the town centre.
Margaret, well-known as a shop assistant at the old Balfour News in Chard, died in August aged 78 at Horton Cross Nursing Home.
She had requested that her coffin was carried by carriage to a service at St Mary’s Church in Chard.
The carriage was laid on, and a procession passed through Chard from St Mary’s Crescent to the town centre and along Holyrood Street before arriving at the church.
Diana Parsley, the partner of Margaret’s son, David Latham, said: “We’d been warned by the police that drivers might beep at us because of the hold-ups the procession would cause, but we didn’t have any problems.
“People in their cars were so respectful and others out shopping stood silently as the funeral cortege went by – it was wonderful.
“We would like to thank the people of Chard so much for showing their respect – it meant a great deal to us.”