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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Taxi drivers' moving tribute to popular Barrow man

A POPULAR taxi driver’s life was celebrated by hundreds of mourners who paid tribute at his cremation.

The streets outside Thorncliffe Crematorium in Devonshire Road, Ormsgill, Barrow, were lined with scores of taxis, whose drivers had come to say a formal goodbye to Paul Brereton yesterday at 1pm.

Mr Brereton died aged 70 on May 18, at Furness General Hospital after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

Reverend Derek Price of St Paul’s Church in Hawcoat Lane, Barrow, led the service and read out a number of eulogies. One from one of Mr Brereton’s two sons, Andrew and another from rally-racing partner and friend, Maurice Ellison.

The congregation heard how Mr Brereton had worked “all over the place” including having a burger van business in Barrow. It is claimed he introduced fast food favourite, cheese and chips, to the town.

Reading from a statement by Mr Brereton’s son, Mr Price said: “One thing’s for sure, he will always be loved, missed and remembered by many.”

The congregation sang Amazing Grace at the end of the service before The Eagles Hotel California was played over the sound system.

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