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by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

SOMEONE was saying how sad it was that her sister had to be out to rest without the usual mourners there to pass on their last respects.

This occurred though in a small village and quite wonderfully her friends and neighbours, plus others who wanted to show their solidarity with the bereaved came out of their front doors and stood in silence as the hearse drove slowly past.

It was pointed out by the programme's presenter that in the past it was regarded as to correct thing to do when a funeral procession went by for those of foot to stop for a few moments and bow their heads. Whatever, it cheered this woman up no end.

And that made me feel even older than I am. As a boy I was taught the same thing - and still do it today. I suspect that other pedestrians probably thought I am a trifle odd - though now perhaps this is one old custom that might catch on again.

Oddly enough, it still was quite a normal thing to do - but I remember one occasion (I think it must have been 1963 or 1964) which probably most people thought rather odd even then.

I was travelling on a then Scottish Omnibuses' express coach Going to Edinburgh (I was only going as far as Lancaster if I remember correctly). As the coach was passing the old Walton Hospital, there was a funeral procession coming towards us.

The coach driver pulled over to the side of the road - with his passengers wondering what the trouble might be. Those days of course the driver was wearing full uniform. He got out of his driving seat, removed his uniform cap and bowed his head until the funeral procession had slowly driven past.

I wonder if those involved in the funeral noticed - I really hope so. Mind you, this is not a mark of respect I'd recommend for the 21st Century. Can you imagine the chaos, let along the rage, it would cause on the M6?

Coming back to the present, I'm getting sick and tired of the plethora of radio programmes featuring men and women who are having such an awful time 'Self Isolating.' Can't say I'm enjoying it either - though I reckon it's better than one of the obvious alternatives.

Actually I've made my Self Isolation that much more of a bore than it really should have been. My TV has been hors de combat for the whole time - and likely to stay that way until the the restrictions are lifted. Actually, the set is, as far as I know, perfectly OK - but months ago now it ceased to function because the coaxial cable from the aerial is busted - or at least the bit that connects it to the receiver has.

Over Christmas I tried, in my ham-fisted way, to mend it - which resulted in the co-ax becoming about nine inches shorter. I decided to abandon my efforts 'till after New Year - I had the name and phone number of one who could probably fix the thing in about five minutes flat - except lockdown got terminally in the way.

Still, it's astonishing how much yo can find on good old steam radio. I've even started listening to the Archers - and there's n shame in that. A young man (about 20) was an avid listener when I was working in Colchester.

Anyway, I'd better get a shift of cooking my tea - or I'll miss tonight's episode - and Ambridge is still Virus Free!

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