Real Life Del Boy Given 'Only Fools And Horses'-Inspired Funeral
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A real-life Del Boy was given the best send-off after passing away, befitting a true Only Fools and Horses fan.
The sitcom-inspired-funeral was perfect for Peter Wolstenholme, who definitely had a 'lovely jubbly' send off.
He passed away aged 67, following a ten-year battle with prostate cancer, but in life he would've gave TV's Derek Trotter a run for his money thanks to what family describe as a 'this time next year we'll be millionaires' mentality.
The father-of-three was a huge fan of the classic British sitcom so upon his death his family organised a 'creme de la menthe' tribute in the form of a very unique funeral.
Two funeral directors dressed as Batman and Robin led the procession for the late market trader.
Wheeler dealer Peter's yellow coffin, covered in the show's stickers, was carried along Herne Bay's seafront in a yellow hearse towed by a Reliant Regal, just like the one in the hit comedy.
And it all went without a hitch - or was a 'cushty' day, as Del Boy would have said.
His son Scott said: "We wanted to remember our dad how he would have wanted.
"It was a long, hard battle for him - and that's why we're celebrating.
"It was tough for the family to watch him go from who we remembered him to be to who he became because of that evil disease.
"He had all the pitter patter of Del Boy. He had the mentality 'this time next year we'll be millionaires'.
"My dad would think there's no reason why there shouldn't be a party."
He said Peter spent a lot of his working life dealing in items he thought he could sell for a profit, from markets, car boot sales and warehouses.
Scott explained: "The family would say he's a bit of a Del Boy because you'd never know what he'd come home with.
"He would sell anything and everything. I remember once he got a load of energy-saving light bulbs and so we had boxes stacked around the house.
"He was an absolute diamond, was a gentle giant and if he could make a pound on the way, the more the better."
Peter made his way through the box set on his deathbed at the St Helena's Hospice in Colchester and Scott said: "He loved Only Fools.
"One of the last things he was watching in the hospice was the series box set. He got to the end of all the episodes and started again. It kept him company."
Scott explained his dad was originally from London and would regularly visit Herne Bay to spend time with his grandchildren. This led to him falling in love with the place and he 'never wanted to leave'.
It was an emotional end at the crematorium when his coffin was carried in - the sitcom's theme tune was used and, at his wake, DVDs of the comedy were shown on one of the screens.
Scott said: "There were about 40 people - various family members, friends and market traders.
"They didn't have any idea about the theme until we turned up and so there were big smiles, rather than tears.
"Although I lost my dad, we gave him the best send off we possibly could and it was a real celebration of his life."