Spalding funeral procession for Francis Hanson

Francis Hanson's funeral cortege passes through Spalding. Photo: SG080515-258TW
Francis Hanson's funeral cortege passes through Spalding. Photo: SG080515-258TW
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A carriage drawn by four black horses dressed in purple plumage carried the coffin of Francis Hanson (90) on his last journey through Spalding.

The procession followed a service at St Mary & St Nicolas Church, which was absolutely filled with people paying respect to the man who was so instrumental in so many areas of the town’s life, including the former flower parade.
The funeral cortege went through the Market Place and made its way along New Road, past the site on the corner with Pinchbeck Road where Francis and his father Frank once ran Hansons department store.