Hundreds of mourners turn out for Kettering funeral of well-loved traveller

The funeral of Chap Doran, who had settled in Luton, was held in Kettering today (Tuesday).

Tuesday, 15th October 2019, 3:47 pm
A large funeral procession walked through Kettering today from St Edward's church to Warren Hill crematorium

Hundreds of mourners attended the service at St Edward's Roman Catholic Church in The Grove, facing London Road. Northamptonshire Police had warned motorists earlier that there would be disruption to St Mary's Road, Bowling Green Road, Northampton Road and Gipsy Lane between 11am and 1pm. The mourners walked with Chap's coffin up to Warren Hill crematorium.

Geoff and Dani, who were looking after the horse pulling the wagon, said although they themselves are not travellers, they love the community. Geoff said: "They are not what people think, They're a fantastic group of people."
Mourners had travelled from as far as Australia and America to attend the funeral

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Michael Maguire, 72, said he had known Chap for over 60 years and said he was a very well respected and loved man who had settled in Luton
There was lots of Irish music and dancing
The funeral directors were A. Wass Funeral Directors from Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. They said they do a lot of traveller funerals and had provided the two big shire horses.
There were many mourners sat with Chap's coffin on the traditional four-wheeler wagon
There were lots of Irish flags and colours and this floral decoration of a traditional Gypsy caravan
Michael Maguire said Chap was a father of 14, so there were lots of family and friends in attendance
Apparently Chap loved cake, but hadn't been able to eat much due to diabetes. He also loved a cuppa and always left the tea bag in, which was re-created in this floral arrangement.
Lots of passers-by stopped to watch the cortege and children stopped to pat the horses during the funeral service.
"Chap Doran the legend" was written on flags, the coffin and even on this banner which was flown over Kettering