Driver’s heritage tribute

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Richard’s funeral cortège, complete with motorcycle escort, in Northampton’s bus station. NTH

MAIN TEXT: Colleagues and friends of a much-loved Northampton driver lined the town’s bus station to pay tribute when his funeral cortège of six buses passed through. Richard Heron, who was 65, had driven for Shelton Osborne, United Counties and latterly Stagecoach, and was also a keen member of Northampton Transport Heritage (NTH) which arranged for four preserved vehicles to attend the event on 1 December.

Having travelled from St Mary’s Catholic Church, where Richard had been a keen worshipper, the cortège stopped in the bus station for two minutes for staff and passengers to pay their respects.

Escorted by Lambretta scooters from a local club and other motorcyclists, the procession then made its way to Kingsthorpe Cemetery, where the vehicle carrying Richard, 1961 United Counties Bristol MW YBD 201, continued to the graveside.

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