13 Mar 2010
Union and Rhythm in Work 
The funeral of Section 25's Larry Cassidy took place on Friday 12 March in Poulton-le-Fylde. Kevin Hewick was there and has written about it on his blog, an extract of which follows:

"In the impressive, imposing Catholic church of St John the Evangelist, Poulton-le-Fylde, Larry Cassidy was given a suitably lively send off that was deeply moving yet very funny and surreal too.

People either laughed or gasped as the hearse drew up with a stunning Soviet flag resplendent with hammer and sickle in flowers in pride of place.

Brother Vin's lovely red guitar wreath also stood out."

Others who attended the funeral alongside the extended Cassidy family included Ian Butterworth, Roger Wikeley, Steve Stringer, Peter Hook, Alan Erasmus, Jez Kerr, John Robb and James Nice.

Read Kevin's full account of the funeral in Kevin's Blog at www.kevinhewick.co.uk.

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