West Norfolk dignitaries gathered alongside the loved ones, friends and neighbours of a great Lynn character at his funeral this week.
Barry Ayres, West Norfolk mayor and Dr Paul Richards, deputy lieutenant of Norfolk, were among around 100 people at the service for George Chappell at All Saint’s Church in Lynn’s Hillington Square on Wednesday.
The congregation heard Mr Chappell, 71, described as a “good ‘ol Lynn boy, so interested in this town and all that went on it.”
Mr Chappell, a former Campbells factory worker, was a long-time community warden, steward at major town events and SOS Safe Haven volunteer. Colleagues from the service, which looks after revellers in the town at nights, wore their fluorescent jackets to the service in tribute.
Mr Chappell had suffered heart problems for some time but his death last month was unexpected.
A eulogy read at his funeral said: “Even as a youngster George had a finger in every pie and would cycle around running errands, doing paper rounds and even delivering hot cross buns.
“George was a very accepting person and accepted people for whoever or whatever they were. He looked for the good in people and hopefully he found it.
“He had a dry wit and sense of humour and could find humour in anything.
“George’s life was lived for other people in caring for his family and in his involvement in the community. He was keen to get involved and our communities need people like George who won’t just point out what’s wrong but will get stuck in to do something about it.”