Aston Villa fans turned out in big numbers to say a fond farewell to Sir Doug Ellis - before a private service attended by some huge names in the game of football.
Sir Doug drew warm applause as his funeral cortege passed through his beloved Villa Park this afternoon.
It was so fitting to see an Aston Villa flag on the front of the hearse – and even more appropriate to see his beautiful Rolls-Royce, complete with his famous AV1 number plate, following behind it.
His unstinting dedication to Aston Villa cannot be questioned and the esteem he’s held in by the claret and blue faithful has been very evident over the past month, with an outpouring of both grief and love for the 94-year-old since his sad death.
That was witnessed today as fans took time off work to pay tribute to the president emeritus – and staff left their desks to see him off.
The cortege then made its way to a private ceremony, attended by family, friends, club officials and some of high-profile football stars, including Andy Townsend, Ian Taylor, Brian Little, David Platt and Bryan Robson.
The wonderful display of flowers donated by mourners at today’s funeral of Sir Doug will remain in Aston Parish Church for the Remembrance Sunday service.
Philip Nott, Vicar of Aston and Club Chaplain, said: “The Aston Centenary Remembrance Sunday will be even more special with the flower displays thanks to the generosity of Sir Doug's family”.
To see them, head to Aston Parish Church on Sunday for the Remembrance Service, which begins at 10 30am.
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