Friends to line funeral route of firefighter and florist

A tribute to a much-loved Stevenage firefighter turned florist is being held on Friday.

Friends of Mick Barnaby, who died aged 56 two weeks ago after a long battle with cancer, will line Stevenage High Street on Friday as his funeral procession passes by.

The married father and grandfather was a fixture in the Old Town after opening his eponymous florist on retiring from 22 years service with the Stevenage fire crew.

Julie Smeaton, manager of Costa Cofee in the High Street, opposite Mick’s shop, said she has spoken to businesses along the street and everyone wants to pay their respects.

“They are very keen. I think many of their customers will like to join in as well. I’ve known Mick for a lot of years. It’s really a tribute to him for all he’s done for Stevenage. Just his personality and charm and all the charity work he did. I dont think there’s anybody I’ve spoken to who has ever said a bad thing about him.

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“We are trying to spread the word as best we can but I will be very upset if the word doesn’t get out to those people who would like to be there.”

The funeral procession, which will include two fire engines, will pass through the Old Town en route to St Nicholas Church at around 1.40pm.

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