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Subject: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: treaties1
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:16 PM

Colin died peacefully in his sleep from a heart attack and his funeral has been arranged for Friday 7th September 2007 at 13.00 hours UK time at Skipton Crematorium. BD23 3BT

Departure from the Undertakers,( Hellewells Funeral Services, Burnley Road, Colne. BB8 8LA) is at 12.20pm
Because on street parking is scarce, suggested parking on the nearby ASDA car park, or alternatively go direct to the crematorium

Hopefully afterwards there will be a Jacob's Join in Colne Royal British Legion.
This venue has yet to be confirmed, but please bring food for yourself and one other

(inserted from later post, just in case folks don't read all the way through:)

LATE NEWS! Final sing off will now be at The New Palatine Club, 32 Norfolk Street, Nelson Lancs BB9 7FG which will be open 2pm onwards.


Colin's Mother Margery is absolutely overwhelmed by all the Mudcat messages and has willingly agreed that sympathy cards can be sent to her at 27 Hendon Road, Nelson, Lancs. BB9 9JL

Any donations in Colin's memory for the RNLI, may be sent to either Mrs Margery Kemp, the undertakers or direct to RNLI.. Cut & pasted from RNLI site:-

In memory giving :-
You can commemorate the life of a loved one by sending a donation to the RNLI in place of funeral flowers.

How it works :-
If you would like to remember a relative, friend or colleague in this special way simply telephone our Supporter Care Team on 0800 543210 or alternatively e-mail
pmiller@rnli.org.uk

Sorry I can't do blue clickies to road maps, but Eileen, Maurice and I, hope as many of you who can, will be there on Friday to give the big lad a last fitting send-off.
Theresa


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:20 PM

Mick and I will be there.

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:27 PM

If I should go before the rest of you
Break not a flower
Nor inscribe a stone
Nor when I am gone
Speak in a Sunday voice
But be the usual selves
That I have known

Weep if you must
Parting is hell
But life goes on
So .... sing as well
Joyce Grenfell
1910-1979


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Tig
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:33 PM

Thanks for putting this on Theresa. I'd just got the details from his mum and came on to do it. At least we now know he didn't suffer - she says his quilt was over him perfectly straight.

Hugs
Tig


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:34 PM

I won't be able to make it on Friday, because I'll be on my way to Swanage, but hopefully I can do the clicky to a road map:

http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?client=public&search_result=&db=pc&keepicon=true&lang=&pc=BB88LA&advanced=&client=public&

I'm sure you'll give Col a great singing send-off!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Edain
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:35 PM

I'll be there


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Lenny's mum
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:37 PM

It is with regret that, unfortunately, Malcolm and I will be unable to attend the funeral. I am flying off on holiday with Hazel and Malcolm is taking me to the airport(We've to be there at 1 p.m.) Our thoughts will be with you all.
Janet, Malcolm and Hazel


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:41 PM

The link I gave was for the undertakers - for the crem it's
http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?client=public&search_result=&db=pc&keepicon=true&lang=&pc=BD233BT&advanced=&client=public

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 02:55 PM

I will not beable to go to the funeral but am happy to donate too the RNLI.


I hope Mrs Kemp is coping with her son's popularity as well as we all are coping with his death.



Scooby.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:06 PM

It's perhaps as well that we can't all make the funeral, because there are over 200 expressions of sympathy on the other thread. At least Margery and the rest of the family will know how many people were touched by Colin's kindness.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Verna
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:11 PM

Flying in on Thursday night and out saturday afternoon. Staying with Bob Van Gaalen.   Verna


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: SussexCarole
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:31 PM

We'll be there


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:39 PM

Hazel and I will be very pleased to make a donation to the RNLI. I am pleased he passed into the next world in peace. God Bless Colin from Hissyfit xxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Amos
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:43 PM

Please extend my condolences to all. I am saddened to hear of Col's passing.


A


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:46 PM

Thanks for posting all this, Theresa. You're a star!

I too hope to be able to make it on Friday to contribute to the lad's final send-off.

Tho' I still can't get my head round it all. I'm still fair gutted.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:52 PM

Please, what is the RNLI?

Guest, thank you for posting the beautiful poem.

My condolences to all who knew and loved him.

In sympathy,

kat


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:55 PM

Royal National Lifeboat Institution.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 03:57 PM

Kat - the RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Our lifeboat service is a charity that receives no government funding.

http://www.rnli.org.uk/

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 04:04 PM

Thank you, very much.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 04:06 PM

For those who, like me are unfamiliar with the term 'Jacob's Join' it is similar to a faith supper or as its known in Yorkshire a 'fuddle' where everyone brings food for themselves and puts it into a pol with others. Always a good idea to bring a bit more for those who may not be able to contribute. Sadly I am unlikely to get there (seems only time off for teachers allowed is for 'close relatives') but I hope Geoff and Maddie will make it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Fran
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 04:09 PM

above Guest was me, my cookie had gone, I am sure Colin would have wanted a big lot of singing at his funeral, raise the roof of that Legion club.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Cats
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 04:20 PM

Jon and I can't be there but will, most definitley, donate to RNLI.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:07 PM

I would really've loved to have been there, but being a friday isn't easy for me. Can someone sing one for me? Raise the rafters for him everyone.

Sal


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Alio
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:09 PM

Not sure if I can get to the funeral as I've got a meeting at 1p.m. and I'm not sure if they'll be happy for me to cancel. But I really want to be there, so is it OK to go just to the Jacob's Join afterwards Theresa?

Ali x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:14 PM

I would also like details of the after funeral arrangements as I will try to get over after work if possible. Is there a dress code for the Crem?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: pixieofdoom
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:21 PM

I don't think I can get there but Chris might make it. I'm sure it'll be a fine send off though

Fiona x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Morticia
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:27 PM

I wish I could make it but sadly, I have a number of meetings that day. Will try to rearrange but I know Colin would tell me my clients come first.He used to tell me he couldn't have done social work to save his life but you know what, he'd have been great at it.

Sing him one for me, please.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:35 PM

Actually Col did a lot of social work!

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: skipy
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 05:46 PM

DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND WEEP

"Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow;
I am the softly falling snow.

I am the gentle showers of rain;
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush;
I am in the graceful rush.

Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.

I am the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die."

rip mate, glad I got the chance to meet you a few times, only fron an post above did I find we are connected not only by folk music but I am 55 (next week) & was also from Nelson Lancs!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: treaties1
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:08 PM

LATE NEWS!
Final sing off will now be at The New Palatine Club, 32 Norfolk Street, Nelson Lancs BB9 7FG which will be open 2pm onwards.

Yes Alio late arrival more than welcome.

Folkie Dave your query re Clothes is that it is optional. Col's Mum has been forewarned,(but nudity definitely not advisable) she herself will be wearing black as she hasn't got time to buy anything new

Hoping to see you all to for a "song to drive sorrows away"
Theresa and Eileen and Maurice


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Dave Earl
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:11 PM

I do not have to work on Friday so I (and Lady Elizabeth) can get to Colne Railway Station at 11:41 which gives enough time to get to the Crematorium.

We will have to leave whatever happens at The British Legion Club at teatime in order to get back to Brighton at about 01:30 on Saturday.

If the opportunity presents itself I'll try to sing something for those of my Mudcat mates who are not able to get there.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: vectis
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:28 PM

Sing something 'southern' for all of us Dave. Eeeh Col would have loved this...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Dave Earl
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:35 PM

Whoops Change of plan so as to have a not quite so early start. Now arriving Skipton Station at 11:24.

And of course (if some kind person has a couple of seats in a car) to the Club afterwards.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Edain
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:43 PM

I'll be getting into Skipton station at 12:07. Can probably walk it to the crem in time but is there anyone with space for a little on to Nelson afterwards? Also, do we have any idea how long it's going to last? (ie, should I get a day return or open return?)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Dave Earl
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:50 PM

Edain

Can probably share a taxi from the station to the crem if it helps.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Edain
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 06:59 PM

Dave

Sounds good to me.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Dave Earl
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:06 PM

OK Edain,

Web searching says taxi rank near Skipton station so it should all work out.

Mudcat badge on Breton Cap will identify me if you don't know what I look like. Oh and at the moment I am using a pair of crutches so I should be pretty obvious.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Edain
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:08 PM

Dave

I'll probably dig out my SHellback fleece. Not a member any more but it is how I first met Colin and I'm not really sure where my mudcat badge is.

Edain


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Peter K
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:27 PM

I shall have to clear it with my brother to stay over night in leeds, but I should be there.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Noreen
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:39 PM

Dave, you and Edain will recognise each other- I'm sure we all sang together at the Albert Dock in Liverpool (amongst other places).

Hoping to get back up to Lancashire on Friday...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Hawker
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 07:54 PM

Will not be able to make it But I will be there in spirit.
The sky here tonight is full of stars and so peaceful. I went out and had a few quiet moments during which I told Colin how much he would be missed and how loved he was. I felt totally at peace and calm, just like you do after one of his hugs.
He was a special guy, someone sing him one for me at the Jacob's Join. Sending all kindest of thoughts and love to Colin's Mum. Your son did you proud 80)
Much love Lucy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,covencat
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 08:10 PM

sorry, won't be able to get there, but I'll be there in spirit, thankful that the big man's going was peaceful. RAISE THE ROOF FOR HIM.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 04 Sep 07 - 08:15 PM

I am ashamed, but the dayjob will keep me away...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 02:58 AM

What is dying?

The ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon
and someone at my side says 'She is gone'.
Gone where? Gone from sight, that is all; she is just as large as when I saw her.

The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her, and just at the moment when someone at my side says 'She is gone' there are others who are watching her coming and other voices take up a glad shout 'There she comes'

and that is dying.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Dave Earl
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 03:06 AM

Yes Noreen. When Shellback Fleece was mentioned I guessed as much

Dave
(got it on the right thread this time!!!)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: nutty
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 03:17 AM

I wrote this some time ago but, knowing Col, I believe it's the way he also felt .....

When my life is done
And my spirit's at rest
And there's nothing on earth that can save me
Don't weep and don't mourn
Send me off with a song
And reflect on the pleasure that knowing you gave me.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Red and White Rabbit
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 04:30 AM

wish I could be there to say my goodbyes but so happy that so many are going to give him the send off he deserves

Colin's mum - you can be proud of the most kind and generous man who was your son. His memory will live with us through every song he sang.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 04:39 AM

Here is a Multimap link for The New Palatine Club, 32 Norfolk Street, Nelson Lancs BB9 7FG where the Jacob's Join will be.


Edain and Breton Cap - I will be coming to the funeral and it looks as though I will have room for three people in the car. I should be able to offer lifts from the crematorium out to Nelson. Depending on timimgs, I might also be able to collect from the station and save you the taxi.
Send me a PM and we can sort out mobile phone numbers.
Quack!
Geoff.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: folk1e
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 04:40 AM

I am afraid that family illness will keep me away.
I imagine that there will be more than a few "quiet places" round the globe where he is being remembered.
And not a few smiles too!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: fiddler
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 04:45 AM

Sadly I'll have to join the ranks of the absent friends on Friday.

My thoughts will be with Col, his family and all of you have a good sing for him.

Andy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Banjiman
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 04:57 AM

We will also not make the funeral on Friday.

Wendy will dedicate the "The Visitor" to him at her gig on Saturday night, which seems fitting given it's subject matter. We will also be donating to RNLI.

We didn't know him well but he did touch our lives and make a difference.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Dave Earl
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 04:59 AM

Geoff,

Thanks for the offer.

PM sent (twice cos I'm stoopid)

Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Mary Humphreys
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 05:07 AM

I am sorry that Anahata and I won't be able to get to the funeral or wake. Sing a song on our behalf please - something loud and happy!

Colin was one of the best stewards we have ever had the privilege of meeting at a festival - nothing was ever too much trouble and he was unfailingly cheerful, helpful and full of enthusiasm. Our sincere condolences to all his family. I hope it is some consolation to know how much he was loved and respected by the whole folk community.

And, thanks to Theresa for putting the information about donating over the phone to the RNLI. Ours has gone in today.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: MBSLynne
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 05:37 AM

I can't make it either as my aged parents are arriving from Australia tomorrow for an all too brief stay. I will go to my quiet place in the garden at the right time and send my thoughts to you all and to Col. I hate crematoria funerals anyway, but I would have liked to sing him on his way. There's something very healing about a large crowd of folkie friends belting out a big chorus in someone's memory.

The photo link on the other thread of Col and duckling is so beautiful, I will hold that in my mind as I do my little solitary ritual.

I think from now on, Father Christmas will have ColK's face for me.....

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,SaltburnFF
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 05:51 AM

We were so sorry to hear of Colin's passing. Saltburn Folk Festival will not be the same without him. He was one of those very special people who is everybody's friend: problems simply dissappeared when he was around to be replaced with smiles. We will remember Colin and be proud to say "We knew Colin Kemp."
Paul & John


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: JennyO
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 06:59 AM

I think from now on, Father Christmas will have ColK's face for me.....

Lynne, the first time I took part in Secret Santa, in 2003, it was Col's face for me. He was my Secret Santa. And a fine and generous one he was, too. You're right, that is a beautiful photo. I'm just sorry I never got to meet him.

Of course, I can't make it to the funeral either, being in Oz, but I will stop and think about him at the appropriate time. What a great loss for us! And a bit of a wake up call for me too, considering I am 3 years older than him, and don't take as much care of my health as I should.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Titch@Leeds
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 07:19 AM

I will be there.

I shall be taking the car into Leeds to work, and will be planning on leaving city centre at 11am (ish), so if anyone would like a ride to Skipton, please call.

As part of my contribution to Colin, I am opening up my place for people who are coming a long way. There are a couple of beds for those who have bad backs, but it will mainly be floor space, but there is plenty of that.

The thing is, I have to know you first!

Marie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: kendall
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 07:20 AM

Skipy, and Guest guest, that was just how I see death, and I couldn't have said it better myself.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: vectis
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 07:58 AM

Sadly, I won't make it either but I will dedicate a good chorussy song to him at Seaford's opening night on Friday.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,Mick Forsyth (Copper Kettle)
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 09:17 AM

I'll be there


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: muppitz
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 09:25 AM

Sadly I, like George, am ashamed to say that the day job will keep me away but I will be donating to the RNLI, I'm sure it's something Colin would have been proud to put his name to.

muppitz
x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,GUEST Mike'nHilary
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 09:42 AM

We'll be there at the crem and we've got three spare seats for the trip to the "do". Anyone welcome to them, it's a big blue Fiat Doblo, first come first served !


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Schantieman
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 10:53 AM

I'd like to be there - but again, I won't get time off work to go. I could make it to Nelson by about 6 if it'll be going on all evening.   And then I could take people back to stations and things, if that's any use.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Noreen
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 11:08 AM

I have just been told that I CAN be spared on Friday, so I will be there with all you lovely people.

I will have three seats spare if anyone needs them, and will sing on behalf of those who can't be there.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: MMario
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 11:14 AM

I opened the other thread the other lnight - and the world became a little colder, the lights a little dimmer. What a loss! My thoughts will be with you all friday even though I'm across the pond.

MMario


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,RichardMReid
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 12:07 PM

Walking back to my room in Tokyo,
the wind blowing and the rain masking my sadness,
there is a typhoon coming but somehow I'm not scared,
in my mind's eye I can still picture Colin, the big friendly shantyman who had time and a caring word for everyone, even a brash young Muldoon. My life is enriched to have known him and my thoughts will be with all his family and friends as from across the oceans I join in
the final sing off.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: treaties1
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 12:33 PM

Wow!! what a great response so far. Thank you all, especially the help with blue clickys and the insertation of late news.

There is no finishing time for the Big Sing so late arrivals needn't worry.but should it peter out early the club is in walking distance of Eileen and Maurice's where a "gentle wake" might continue.

We are hoping to create a Friendship type Photo Album for Col's Mum so if you have a great photo print of Colin with other folkies, it would be great if you'd bring them along annotated on the back with details of who, what, when, and where.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Jock O' Dreams
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 12:44 PM

I shall be driving up from Portsmouth early Friday morning so hope to make the service, roads permiting! The Big Yin deserves a good send off!
                     

               Jim McAdams


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Big Mick
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 12:56 PM

I won't be able to make the trip across the pond, but it is not from lack of desire that this is so. Col, judging from these posts, was one of those giants that occasionally tread the path, touching all that come within the sacred circle of his presence, and leaves them feeling the warmth that only great hearts possess. Were I able to be there, I would certainly sing a song that ere I have only sung once publicly, at the funeral of my best friend. And that would be Dave Carter's "When I Go", which I became aware of from Jeri. It is a stunning lyic, and I would have been honored to sing it for all of you on behalf of this gentle giant of a friend. I commend to all of you, as you ponder, in this time of sorrow, the frailties of this life, the last verse of this wonderful song:


And should you glimpse my wandering form out on the borderline
Between death and resurrection and the council of the pines
Do not worry for my comfort, do not sorrow for me so
All your diamond tears will rise up and adorn the sky beside me
When I go


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: MBSLynne
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 01:09 PM

There have been some beautiful songs and poems quoted on this thread..perhaps they could be put between the photos in the album for Colin's mother?

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: squirrelnutkin
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 01:20 PM

I'll be there too, for anyone trying to keep track of numbers. Not sure yet if by train or car, but may also be on scrounge for a lift. If am on train, will also be one arriving at Skipton just after 12, so guess there'll be a few people there.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 01:23 PM

Thanks a great idea, MBS Lynne.

If there are no takers I would be willing to make up a scrapbook but I would some input from other catters.

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Champagne Carol
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 02:51 PM

Cllr and I will be there - we are staying at the Woolly Sheep in Skipton on Thursday night (although we probably won't arrive until after 8pm). If anyone needs a lift from the Crem we will have 2 seats spare in the car although we are staying in Nelson on Friday night.

See you all there. Sniff.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Peter K
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 03:00 PM

Might be an idea if people drop by skipton station on spec rather than arranging things in advance. I am not sure when I will be arriving, I guess the 10:52 but don't really know.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Joules
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 03:27 PM

I hope to be there on Friday, but can't say for definite. Really need to be there just so that it becomes more of a reality and less like a bad dream.
Does anyone know of a place to stay Friday night close by as I really don't think that I will feel like driving back ?

Joules


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: neardura
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 03:31 PM

We will all miss Colin (what a wonderful guy).
Sorry I can't make the funeral.
I will be thinking of him at 1pm on Friday.
I will send a donation to the RNLI in his name.
Neardura


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: magician
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 04:42 PM

i will be there.

daffydd


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Tig
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 05:21 PM

The Badger, Firecat and I will be there. Thanks to Eileen, Treaties and Maurice for helping his mum sort out things.

Hugs
Tig
xxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,Old girl
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 06:04 PM

Colin was a great person once seen never forgoten, We will never forget him, Just sorry we can not be there to say our goodbyes,
Rose & Dave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Menolly
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 06:26 PM

I will be coming and my son(Hatter)Martyn will be coming with me. Possibly also Ian MacFlute

Gillian


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,maurice and eileen
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 06:36 PM

got the address of a caravan park ib salterforth half way between crem and funeral directors.lower greenhill caravan park salterforth barnoldswick 01282 813067 £10 per night presume per person didnt get postcode coz brain not working.got floor space at for ones who need abreak before traveling home glad of the company we live in nelson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,Guest Ian T
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 06:37 PM

Sorry but cannot get to the funeral. Just found out the arrangements and I cannot get away from work commitments. It is good that so many can get there. Sing well, Colin deserved it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Snuffy
Date: 05 Sep 07 - 06:56 PM

The postcode for Lower Greenhill Caravan Park is BB18 5TG, according to Pendle.net, which also has hotels, B&B and other accommodation.

More details and a few reviews here


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: My guru always said
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 04:10 AM

Though I wish I could be at Col's funeral to say my Goodbyes, as for many others my day job has got in the way. I'll be able to get home for 1pm, so I'll spend some quiet time with Richard while the service is on. We'll also try to get along to a Sing or Club during the evening to sing in Col's memory, and will certainly be making a donation to the RNLI.

While looking for a card to send to Col's Mum yesterday, one almost jumped out of the rack and will be posted today. It simply says:

A life that touched so many will never be forgotten. Many thoughts are with you today

Wishing safe journey to all travelling to Col's Leave-taking and thanks are due to all who are helping to make it possible for so many of Col's friends to join together for this day, either with arrangements, lifts, floor space, information or blue clickies.

Noreen: many thanks for putting up those photos, my copies are still on the matrimonial PC so I haven't seen them for some years, a lovely memory!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: mouldy
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 07:20 AM

I won't be able to get, but I will be there in spirit, and saying a prayer.

Sing him proud!

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,Noreen
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 07:46 AM

Can't you just imagine the look on Colin's face if he's listening in to all this up on his cloud?

Smile from ear to ear :0)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Titch@Leeds
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 08:23 AM

Just posting this again for info

I will also be there.

I shall be taking the car into Leeds to work, and will be planning on leaving city centre at 11am (ish), so if anyone would like a ride to Skipton, please call.

As part of my contribution to Colin, I am opening up my place for people who are coming a long way. There are a couple of beds for those who have bad backs, but it will mainly be floor space, but there is plenty of that.

The thing is, I have to know you first!

Marie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Splott Man
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 08:31 AM

Apologies from me and her Dameship.

We'll be thinking of you all and of Col tomorrow.

Splott man


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,bavis
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 09:24 AM

Wanted to come but also have clients I can't let down. Sent a card and donated.
Sing for me please.

Sarer


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 10:32 AM

A very special friend of mine
is in myheart all of the time
to see you with a happy smile
makes my life all more worthwhile.


Warm and caring
your feelings true,
I feel so lucky Colin
That i knew you.


R.I.P Colin


Yasmin alias Scooby.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Tig
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 10:41 AM

Message from Eileen,

Anybody wanting to stay overnight at the campsite mentioned on this thread, can get a reduced rate of £3.50 per person on the camping field or there will be some floor spaces if you bring a sleeping bag.

Tig.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: cosmic kate folkie
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 10:56 AM

colin i met and new from chippenham festival and warwick festival colin actually asked me to work as a steward at warwick this year and i did i cant believe hes gone but at least hes at peace now

hes was a great person and will be sorely missed hes up there singing in the sky now

kate


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 12:05 PM

Send him off well, you lot.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 12:34 PM

I spoke to Margery today and she is overwelmeb with all the cards and regards she is getting.



Scooby.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,rock chick
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 01:33 PM

Cannot be there in person as with clients i cant let down at this late stage, but I will be there in thoughts.

Shelagh


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 02:04 PM

My head today said 'who cares about rules you need to be ther' and then hugged me. Thank goodness for understanding bosses. I still have to work until 11.30 but should just make it to the crem on time. See you all there.

There are sorrows enough for the whole worlds end
There are no guarentees but the grave
But the lives that we live and the times we have spent
Are a treasure too precious to save


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,maurice&eileen
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 02:06 PM

latest news.
anyone who wants to stay at ours overnight if you have animal allergies bring your antihistamine!!dogs and cats in house.
we can have a snoring competion in memory of col


safe journey to all
elmo


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Bill t' bodger
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 03:27 PM

I shall be with you Col and say goodbye properly tomorrow

I miss you mate
Bill


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: treaties1
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 04:02 PM

For all those not coming we will be singing "Whats the life of a man any more than a leaf" "Amazing Grace" "The Farewell Shanty) and Wild Mountain Tyme/Braes of Balquidder"
Some of Colins own words posted on Mudcat are included in the booklet, thankyou whoever put them on, and also Nutty, your very apt sentiments have been included as the the final entry, Thankyou for the thoughts expressed.
Thanks again to everybody it is going to be an absolutely terrific send off
Theresa, Eilleen and Maurice.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Tig
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 04:53 PM

I get the 100!

His mum is really overwhelmed with all the cards and good wishes. She was insistant tonight that I should thank you all on her behalf as she is unable to do it herself.

She's holding up well.

Hugs
Tig
xxxxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Amazing!
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 06:01 PM

Richard (TF2) and I will be there. See you there, we will give him a good send off.

Grace


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Bill D
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 06:31 PM

Sending songs and good wishes from the 'colin'ies...where he was much enjoyed and appreciated on two different trips. I am glad I got to know him. Many voices will be raised, even though they will have to travel a lot further...

It is lovely to see all the tributes from those who saw him reguarly...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Pistachio
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 06:35 PM

Jane I'm so glad you've got a 'Headteacher who understands'.


I'll be there too.

Hazel. x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 06:39 PM

yes Hazel will be representing Hissyfit -I am sorry I won't be there. I am under the weather and tied with work commitments. Sing one for me guys. Linda


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,Admiral & Mrs
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 07:05 PM

So sorry to be late contributing to this thread, unfortunately with the events of last week we have not been on mudcat.
Devastated to hear the news, Colin was such a wonderful person and looked after Mrs Admiral on many an occasion. We are unable to get to the funeral or sing, so please sing a song for us.
Love to all we will be thinking of you and the big fellah
Tony & Pearl x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Pistachio
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 07:06 PM

I know it's late to post but I'll have space in my car and will stop at the Station (if I'm early enough) to help anyone get to the Crematorium. Space for 3 onward to Nelson.
Hazel x. (from Hissyfit)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Richard Atkins
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 07:45 PM

Hils will leave work and be at the cottage with me for the service.
We will raise a glass to a wonderful man and sing The Farewell Shanty together.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Micca
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 09:14 PM

I have put some pix up on a link on the obit thread, they are here at The late Colin Kemp (ColK) if you want to look


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,RWJ
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 01:41 AM

I have not been able to get time off to be there in person but in my heart i will be. I will sing for him at the Black Diamond tonight.
Goodby mate

   Ron


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 02:36 AM

Sadly, having only found out the news today, I can't make it.

I will, however, be raising a glass and having a sing at 1pm in Colin's memory.

Raise the roof at that singoff guys, I know you'll do Col proud.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,Geordiecarole
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 02:48 AM

I only came to know Colin in the last year or so - his calmness under pressure at Warwick this year, faced with irate campers who were not allowed to take vehicles onto the field, was amazing. I had to walk away to keep my temper. It was legendary.

I will remember Colin and his big voice - when speaking and singing - with great fondness. A big man-mountain.

Sorry I can't be at the funeral or the sing.

Sleep well big fella.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Barb'ry
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 03:22 AM

Micca, I can't get your link to work - it keeps asking me to make a flikr account!
Would love to see the pics and memorial and thanks for getting it all together,
Barb'ry


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,micca at work
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 03:42 AM

They should be OK now


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: SylviaN
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 03:51 AM

I'm afraid I'm another one can't make it.

Sing a song for me. I'll be there in spirit.

Hugs to everyone

Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 04:26 AM

It's advisable to have a box of tissues handy when you open Micca's pictures.

Please sing a loud goodbye to Colin from me.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: CannieShieldsLaddie
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 04:55 AM

Our thoughts will be be with you today Colin.

Thanks for so many happy times.

Always remembered.

Were sure the throng will give you the send off you deserve.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 06:43 AM

Can't make the funeral, but there'll be a tot and candle for him on the sideboard.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Sue the Borderer
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 07:35 AM

Haven't put anything on the thread before, cos I was lost for words - something Colin never was!
Been thinking of 'the big man' today - and all those hugs - and of all the people who will be remembering him this afternoon, either at the crem or all over the world. What a memorial.
I shall be adding my voice to the Farewell Shanty before I set off for Swanage in a little while.

Sue


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,Broadside Man
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 07:55 AM

Just thinking of you today Col.

The songs the humour the fun.

Geoff, Lin and Emma


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 10:14 AM

I went to Barry Island and throw 12 red roses into the sea and stood for a few minutes to think about the happy memories we all share.


Goodbye Col K.


Scooby.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: sapper82
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 10:46 AM

Wasn't able to make it, but Colin was in my thoughts.
Still unable to really accept what has happened.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Gillie
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 10:56 AM

I light a candle just before 1.00, looked at the picture of Col and Duckling and joined the collective thoughts.

Rest well big man.

Love & hugs all round

Gillie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Clair
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 11:29 AM

God Bless Col!!

Will miss you so much. Thanks for everything

Love and best wishes

Clair


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: treaties1
Date: 08 Sep 07 - 07:49 PM

The Big lad had a terrific send off. Over 200 people made it to the crematorium, The Shellbacks and nearly everybody raised the roof. The Jacobs Join meant everyone had plenty to eat and the cash collection in Colin's memory raised £215 for the RNLI. Shellbacks scheduled to sing at Great Yarmouth had to leave the New Palatine Club early. Colins Mother joined us at 3.00pm and stayed for over two hours. By mobile phone Albuwood liased with others and provided two verses and a chorus a play on the Keith Marsden song "She wheeled the coffin down the aisle with two verses completed two more versespenned whilst still on route were too late to be sung by Theresa who with a little help, quickly taught the chorus which was sung lustily to the enjoyment of Col's Mum

"They came from near they came from far,they filled up every pew,
Because he was a steward and his mother never knew_
How much this Yorkshire Lad was loved, from Brighton to Dundee.
And they brought a lot of food with them so they could have some tea"
Thanks to the wonders of Mudcat, the speed of spreading the news meant that a sad day ended in a tremendous send off.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: MBSLynne
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 07:10 AM

This has all given me goosepimples and a lump in my throat. The funeral itself sounds wonderful, but the number of people who were adding their thoughts from all over the place too....I'm so glad it comforted his Mum.

I know people say this sort of thing when anyone dies, but I think that in this case it's really true. He was a very special person. Must have been to have called forth this amount of grief and love with his passing. I've only known him about three years but it seems as though he's always been there.......

Lost for words once again....

Goodbye Col

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Abuwood
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 11:18 AM

I am not known for my song writing ability, nor posting my thoughts so publicly but Colin was special.

We left straight from the crematorium but I was texting Mitch, Elizabeth and Theresa as Steve drove along to see how it went.

You know Theresa - when she got a few words she said that's it I am going to sing it! Mitch had some ideas too and Elizabeth helped fit some of the words in a verse but here is what came out.

Elizabeth called us on Steve's mobile so we could hear it on the car speakers as therea sang - it was great!

Colin's Funeral Song

We set off early morning on a clear and sunny day
We 'ad to go to Yarmouth, so we knew we could not stay.
So driving down I wrote this for a very special gent,
So if you couldn't be there you could 'ear just 'ow it went.

They came from near they came from far,
They filled up every pew,
She knew 'e was a steward,
But 'is mother never knew how much this Yorkshire lad was loved,
From Brighton to Dundee.
And they took a lot of food with them so they could 'ave their tea.

Some they came by train or plane,
Some they came by car,
Some met up at the Rhubarb, so they could 'ave a jar.
Then shared lifts together, so they would not be late
But the car park was so full they 'ad to park outside the gate!

The funeral directors came close to stand and stare,
The vicar said he's never heard such singing like that there,
They sang so loud, they sang so clear they, made the rafters ring!
And 'e asked us were we free on Sunday – at his church to sing?

There was a bit of crying, but the tissues they was shared,
And lots and lots of hugging, as we all showed we cared.
We loved 'im and we'll miss 'im, but life it still goes on.
And we will all remember 'im when we join in this song.

So there it is - apologies to Keith Marsden!

Ali


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: treaties1
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 01:03 PM

Thanks Ali, it was a pleasure to sing the first short draft version but the full extended one is brilliant and will be sung often I think.
love Theresa


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 01:23 PM

Brilliant Ali! Colin would have roared!!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,Harry (Muldoon's Picnic)
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 11:46 AM

I remember singing shapenote songs with Colin at one of our workshops at Four Fools. His mighty bass was just the job for that gutsy American folk hymn tradition. This weekend at the annual UK Sacred Harp Convention in Witney we added his name to the list of absent friends remembered in the memorial lesson and singing.

He will be sorely missed.

Harry Campbell
Muldoon's Picnic


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: Tig
Date: 11 Sep 07 - 08:46 AM

His mum was saying how much she appreciated us all being there - it meant she could remember just how much he had been loved and 'special' to people she'd never know about.

Hope the Colin Funeral Song has been transferred into the Tradition. I can see it being sung a fair bit over the next few years.

Hugs
Tig
xxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 11 Sep 07 - 09:00 AM

Wonderful lyrics Abuwood, to a very apt tune. You "done Col proud" and gave the rest of us a great song to remember him by.

Disappointed as I was not to have been there, like Lynne and others I feel very gratified that Colin had such a send-off, because he certainly deserved it.

What an example of a man. Unassuming and asking for little, giving so much all the while. May we all be remembered/loved one tenth as much as he surely was/will be.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Funeral Arrangements for Col K. R.I.P
From: GUEST,waterdragon
Date: 11 Sep 07 - 05:39 PM

My computer has forgotten me and I have only just found this thread.I'll miss Col and his never bettered Hugs.Thanks to Tig for keeping me up to date with the news.
Rest In Peace Col.
The party in the sky just gathered another singer!


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