Fitting funeral procession for chauffeur

Wedding cars at funeral of wedding chauffer Alan Mountain.

Wedding cars at funeral of wedding chauffer Alan Mountain.

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The funeral procession of a loving husband and father was escorted by a fleet of wedding cars in a fitting tribute to a late chauffeur.

On Monday, seven vintage motors from Charisma Wedding Cars, a limousine and a hearse made up the funeral fleet of 71-year-old Alan Mountain who died suddenly.

Alan Mountain, of Halifax, who died aged 71

Alan Mountain, of Halifax, who died aged 71

After a minutes silence, the procession left the family home which Mr Mountain shared with widowed wife Gerry, 58, in Rye Lane, Halifax, and proceeded to St Columba Catholic Church, Halifax.

The chauffeur’s wedding car “Ruby 2” carried Mrs Mountain, daughters Helen White, 35, Rachel Mountain, 34, and Adele Horsfall, 32 and was driven by son Timothy, 26.

Mrs White read the eulogy and family-friend Ken Rothery sang Ave Maria. Mr Mountain’s favourite hymn Onward Christian Soldiers was sung.

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” said Adele.

“He was a wonderful father - we couldn’t have asked for a better upbringing - he was our world.”

Mr and Mrs Mountain married at Halifax Registry Office in 1976.

Mrs Mountain said: “Alan was a fantastic husband and father. He was my best friend.

“The gesture of the wedding cars and drivers from Andrew and Jane was amazing; Alan would’ve been so proud.”

The late chauffeur worked for Charisma for 12-years. Previously, he worked as a sheet metal foreman at Halifax Fan for 30-years.

Jane Marriott of Charisma Wedding Cars said: “Alan always said he’d take Gerry out in the car one Sunday afternoon. This was our way of giving him his wish and say thank you to Alan.”