Villagers turned out in large numbers today to pay their final respects to one of Saddleworth’s best loved characters.
Barrie Ashley died of Covid-19 at Royal Oldham Hospital on April 16, aged 67.
And the affection for the long-standing Greenfield resident was evident as the funeral cortège passed through the streets, including Uppermill, where Barrie worked at Saddleworth School.
Pupils were among those saying their farewells to a man described by executive head teacher, Matthew Milburn, as a “true character and with a heart of gold.”
Onlookers burst into spontaneous applause as the hearse carrying Barrie’s coffin came into view. A white floral tribute bearing the word ‘Baz’ was placed inside the vehicle. Other white-Barrie’s favourite colour-flowers were thrown onto the vehicle.
The hearse stopped on occasions to allow people to clap and pay their respects. Barrie’s funeral took place at Oldham Crematorium.
Photo of Barrie: Marie Whitehead.