15th May 2109 we all went to the most moving yet vibrant funeral. To say farewell to Jeff Fuller. Brian had been friends with Jeff for many many years. Through the ambulances and musically. It was an ambulance service send off like no other I have ever attended, sadly we have attended many over the years. It completely represented who Jeff was as a person.
Everyone wore colour and bonkers hats. Jeff arrived shrouded with a service flag, with an incredible wreath made of vegetables and shrubbery it looked yummy. Escorting him to his final place of rest were vintage ambulances and service motorbikes blue lights flashing, followed right on time by the air helicopter, while hovering above us it dipped its nose in respect.
On the ground everyone had something to bang as he was aLso a talented drummer. The sounds of a hundred or so people banging drums symbols rattles, gave me goosebumps, which turned into tears.
I will never forget how I held Amélie close, grateful she was here, alive and with us both. Remembering how desperate I felt at my own daughter Molly's funeral now nearly six years ago. We both watched daddy banging his snare drum with such passion and love, we jumped up and down to the mighty collective tribal sounds of friends, family and south central ambulance staff, Amélie squealed, she absolutely loved it.
I didn't take photos out of respect, but photos were taken, which I am so excited to see soon. But this is one I took of Amélie In her ELVIS LIVES t-shirt, keeping the spirit of rock and roll alive in Jeff.
Hev my love, you did Jeff proud.
God bless from everyone at Mearfest.
PHOTOS ANTHONY MORRIS
JEFF FULLER AT MEARFEST 2011 HERSHALL ARMS
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