Hundreds pay tribute to Jack at Fakenham memorial service

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Hundreds packed into Fakenham’s parish church on Tuesday for a memorial service in memory of haulage firm boss Jack Richards, who died last month, aged 90.

The church’s rector, the Rev Adrian Bell, said he was “honoured” to lead the service.

He said: “Just how much Jack was loved in the town became obvious to me with the numerous phone calls and messages I received following his death.”

Eulogies were delivered by Mr Richards’ granddaughter, Lisa Richards, his brother-in-law John Peters and Margaret Eppal of the 75 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, based at RAF Mepal near Ely, where Mr Richards worked as an engine fitter and later became squadron president.

The squadron’s standard, together with those of the Royal British Legion, the Royal Air Forces Association and the Air Training Corps were paraded into the church. Music was also provided by the Fakenham Town Band, of which Mr Richards was president for many years.

Donations collected during the service will be shared between the Royal British Legion and the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House.