People pay tribute to ‘Bradford Jesus Man’ during funeral at cathedral

The funeral cortege of 88-year-old Geoffrey Brindley, who died in August after falling at his home in Baildon, pictured on Barkerend Road outside Bradford Cathedral.
The funeral cortege of 88-year-old Geoffrey Brindley, who died in August after falling at his home in Baildon, pictured on Barkerend Road outside Bradford Cathedral.
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MORE THAN 100 people lined the streets today to pay their respects for the funeral of 88-year-old Geoffrey Brindley, who was better known as ‘Bradford Jesus Man.’

Mr Brindley was well known to residents in Bradford and beyond as he was often seen walking the streets of the city in his monk-like robes.

Yesterday his funeral cortège travelled along some of Mr Brindley’s best-known walking routes before coming to a stop at Bradford Cathedral for the service.

Mr Brindley’s lifestyle was apparently inspired by having spent several days living alone in a cave in the Yorkshire Dales back in 1960.

He was said to have quit his job as a machinist and gone to live in a cave after “receiving a message from God”.

His lifestyle led to him becoming something of a local celebrity.

As Bradford Jesus Man, he had a website, Facebook page and a Twitter account which recorded sightings of him on his travels.

He died in August following a fall at his home in Baildon. The Rev Sandra Benham, incumbent of St John’s Church in Baildon, led the funeral service.