A horse-drawn hearse and mourners dressed in red rugby shirts drew the attention of passers-by in Penarth today.
It was the funeral of Mrs Janet Brinkworth (56) who was well-known to hundreds of pupils attending Victoria Primary School. Mrs Brinkworth – a much respected lady in the community – died from cancer after a short illness.
She had told her husband that she would like to have a horsedrawn hearse at her funeral and her special wish was that the cortege should proceed along Cornerswell Road and pass Victoria School where she worked for many years.
Mrs Brinkworth had also specified that mourners should “not wear dark clothes” – bright colours or “Welsh Rugby shirts” were suggested instead. Her wishes were granted in every particular.
Mrs Brinkworth died in May 23rd leaving her husband Colin, children Jason, Dominic, David and Gareth and grandchildren Isabelle and Millie-Mae. The ceremony was arranged by Green Willow Funerals which is a social enterprise managed by volunteer directors and which donates all its profits to charity.