Fitting send-off for stock car driver

A PROCESSION of stock cars led the way to the church for the funeral of driver Steve Newman, who died in a crash last month.

Scores of mourners attended Gosberton St Peter and St Paul’s Church for the service – including Steven’s two young children Billy and Charley.

Funeral of stockcar racer Steven Newman at Gosberton Church. Stock cars arrive on trailers and park-up near church. Mourners precede coffin. Photo:  www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Funeral of stockcar racer Steven Newman at Gosberton Church. Stock cars arrive on trailers and park-up near church. Mourners precede coffin. Photo: www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Eight-year-old Billy witnessed the pile-up at the Saloon British Final at Mildenhall, Suffolk, in which his dad died.

It was Billy’s idea to invite fellow stock car drivers to join a procession to the church to give his dad the best possible send-off.

A wreath of yellow and pink flowers – the colours of Steve’s stock car – poignantly spelled out the word “Daddy”.

After the service, the 37-year-old from Quadring was buried in Gosberton Cemetery.

Friends and family were invited to remember his life at a get-together at The Duke of York in Gosberton Risegate.

Donations were collected in aid of The Drivers’ Fund.

The Rev Ian Walters, who led the funeral service, said: “Steve was a well-known and respected figure in our community and he will be greatly missed by very many people.

“Our thoughts and prayers are particularly with his children at this time. We will hold them and all who will be deeply moved by this tragic loss in our prayers and hearts.”

Stock cars arrive at the funeral of popular driver Steve Newman. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG020712-140TW

Stock cars arrive at the funeral of popular driver Steve Newman. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG020712-140TW