Engine enthusiast towed to his funeral

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A TRACTION engine enthusiast, who died aged 88, was given a dream send off after being transported to his funeral by his favourite vehicle.

Antony ‘Tony’ Alcock’s wishes were realised when the engine, known as Faith, transferred his coffin for the service at St Mary’s Church, in Woolpit.

Mr Alcock, who lived in the village for 22 years after retiring as a solicitor, helped to drive the engine at the Woolpit steam rally.

He also sponsored the 1916 engine and its whistle sounded at his request as his coffin was carried up the church path.

Mr Alcock learnt to drive a traction engine in his early 80s.

His widow Pia, 79, said: “He loved traction engines and it goes back to his childhood. He liked his garden and was always playing around with new gadgets as well as garden machinery.”

Natel Taylor, who owns Faith, said: “He was a very nice gentleman, well spoken and loved a joke.”

Mr Alcock leaves three children and two grandchildren.