Morris men - from Ely, Littleport, Peterborough, Cambridge and Letchworth- bid farewell to retired Wisbech teacher Ian Heighton
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Morris men from across the region came together to bid farewell to one of their own.
Ian Heighton, a retired Wisbech teacher and a member of the King’s Morris for more than 25 years, died from cancer last month, aged 68.
At a service at King’s Lynn’s Mintlyn crematorium, Morris men formed a guard of honour as his wicker coffin, adorned with ribbons and bells, was carried into the chapel.
Afterwards, the large congregation adjourned to a local pub where they celebrated Mr Heighton’s life in true Morris fashion by dancing outside on the village green.
Mr Heighton’s widow Liz, his wife of 33 years, said: “Ian was a gentleman, devoted to his family and a consummate Morris man.
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“More than 200 people attended the funeral with over 30 in Morris kit, bells included.
“His casket was decorated with flowers in the colours of the King’s Morris and adorned with his top hat.
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“He held the office as squire of the side and, when they went abroad, he was the overseas squire. He was also the current fool for the King’s Morris.”
Bonnie Green Garters, the Morris farewell dance, was played at the end of the funeral service, which was attended by men from Peterborough Morris, Coton Morris, Kemp’s Men of Norwich, Cambridge Morris, Letchworth Morris and Ely and Litleport Riot.
He leaves wife Liz, and children Phil, from an earlier marriage, Andrew and Lucy-Beth.