Football fans won places in a ballot to attend the funeral of the former Wolverhampton Wanderers owner, Sir Jack Hayward. But none got closer to the great man on his final journey than St Helena’s Colin Benjamin.
He was one of the pall-bearers.
Sir Jack had served in the Royal Air Force, and asked to be carried from the church to the waiting Jaguar hearse by present-day members of the service.
Colin, who has served in Afghanistan during his long military career, said: “It was privilege to be asked to be a coffin bearer and to be representing the RAF.”
But the occasion may have been slightly less emotive for him than for many of the 250 Wolves supporters in St Peter’s Church. “No,” he said, “I am not a football fan.”
Colin, who grew up at Pounceys, can clearly be seen in a picture in the Express and Star newspaper, here