El Greko and I attended Paul's funeral yesterday, along with many of Paul's musical friends. Of course it was a very sad occasion, but the minister who conducted the service, Frankie, and Alan, who paid a very fitting tribute, made sure it was a celebration of Paul's life and legacy rather than just a mourning of his passing. The words that were read by the minister on Frankie's behalf were both moving and uplifting, and brought a tear the the corner of this old folkie's eye. We left the chapel to the strains of Harvey Andrews' "Folk Club in the Sky"!
Afterwards we retired to the Orange Tree, which is the venue for the Baldock Folk Club, to raise a glass of Paul's favourite to his memory, and sing some songs in his honour. Despite her obvoius grief, Frankie was dignified and gracious throughout, and appeared to very much appriciate the musical contribution, knowing as she does, what an important part of Paul's life it was.
Frankie told me that she had read, when her mood allowed, all the messages of love and good wishes on this and other forums, following the accident, and the subsequent condolences, and expressed her gratitude to all concerned.