Hundreds attend Letchworth poppy man’s funeral

Standard bearers form a guard of honour as Ray Cole's coffin is carried to the hearse

Standard bearers form a guard of honour as Ray Cole's coffin is carried to the hearse - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people have paid their respects to a community stalwart who lost his battle with cancer last month.

Standard bearers paid their respects to Ray Cole by bearing standards and forming a guard of honour

Standard bearers paid their respects to Ray Cole by bearing standards and forming a guard of honour for former Royal British Legion and poppy appeal collector Ray Cole - Credit: Archant

Around 25 standard bearers attended a celebration of life event on Friday at the Letchworth Free Church to remember Ray Cole.

The late Ray Cole who was recognised with a British Empire Medal.

The late Ray Cole who was recognised with a British Empire Medal. - Credit: Archant

The former soldier played key roles in the local branches of the Royal British Legion and the Royal Artillery Association, raising thousands of pounds to help support war veterans.

Mr Cole, who was known to many as the Letchworth poppy man and was honoured with a BEM medal posthumously, died at 78 after battling bowel cancer since September 2012.

The funeral included a performance from Letchworth City Chorus conducted by Mr Cole’s son Tony.


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