Procession of honour

PUBLISHED: 10:05 05 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 10 June 2010

THE funeral of Town Crier Garth Gibson takes place next week - and with a funeral cortege Exmouth has summoned all the pomp and ceremony it can muster.

THE funeral of Town Crier Garth Gibson takes place next week - and with a funeral cortege Exmouth has summoned all the pomp and ceremony it can muster.

The public get the chance to honour him at a service on Friday, June 12, at 2pm at Holy Trinity Church, Rolle Road.

But, before that, the public get the chance to pay their respects and line the route of a resplendent funeral cortege, complete with horse-drawn carriage which begins at 1pm.

The cortege will follow a route along the length of Rolle Street and Rolle Road to the roundabout and turn right down Salterton Road to Carlton Slip Roundabout, then continue along the Esplanade past the Pavilion and Clock Tower.

The procession will then turn right up Alexandra Terrace to the Chapel Hill Roundabout; go past the Town Hall down the left hand side of the Strand and right up Rolle Street, before eventually finishing at the entrance of Holy Trinity Church from Rolle Road.

Town clerk John Wokersien said: "People who just wish to pay their last respects may wish to line the route.

"It is expected that the church will be full and, to provide for everyone who wishes to attend the funeral, the service will be relayed outside the church via a PA system and flat screen provided by VCA Solutions.

"The Gibson family want everyone who wishes to pay their last respects to Garth to have the opportunity to do so, as they understand how important he was to the community of Exmouth."

As a result of the expected crowd outside the church, there will be no car parking facilites there on the day.

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