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PERFECT SEND-OFF: The Rev Rosamund Seal with relatives of Bill Disdel outside All Saints’ Church, Holbeach. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG080414-125TW.

Bill Disdel's 1954 Ferguson TEF 20 tractor outside All Saints Church, Holbeach, flanked by Rev Rosamund Seal, David Disdel (right) family and friends.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG080414-125TW.

Bill Disdel's 1954 Ferguson TEF 20 tractor outside All Saints Church, Holbeach, flanked by Rev Rosamund Seal, David Disdel (right) family and friends. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG080414-125TW.

Holbeach came to a standstill on Tuesday to celebrate the life of farmer Bill Disdel who has died, aged 96.

Family and friends led by Bill’s son David Disdel (69), grandson Barry Disdel (48) and partner Sam Hall, great-grandchildren Samamtha and Daniel Disdel, headed a funeral procession from Northons Lane, Holbeach, to All Saints’ Church where a thanksgiving service was held.

Bill was born in Gedney Dyke and started farming in the village aged 14 before going on to work in Holbeach St Marks and Whaplode before retiring about 15 years ago.

His decades in farming were recognised by his family who arranged for Bill’s coffin to be carried on his special 1954 Ferguson TEF 20 tractor and trailer which was driven by David.

David said: “My dad loved his tractor and he loved going on road runs through Fosdyke for Macmillan Cancer Support, as well as Moulton and Holbeach St Johns as a member of the local Ferguson Club.

“Bill worked very hard for all of his life, but he also went to air shows and supported Leeds United Football.

“The thanksgiving service went very well and he would have been overjoyed by what happened with the procession.”

Barry said: “Bill was a typical grandad who was always there for us.

“He would do anything for anybody and he was well-liked by his family and friends.

“My grandad bought the tractor in 1961 and we thought it was fitting to take him to his last resting place.”

 

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