PICTURE OF THE WEEK 23rd February 2022
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 23rd February 2022
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Our Picture of the Week is of an ‘Only Fools and Horses hearse. Very unique. What a fun way to be carried off on your last journey in the Trotter’s Yellow van and trailer. Bringing humour to a sad time.
The one pictured is up for hire for funerals.
But that led me on to this wonderful news story that went viral of someone using it.
A dad who was mad about Only Fools and Horses has been honoured by friends and family in an incredible funeral procession themed around the classic 80s sitcom. Steve Holloway, from Long Riding, Essex was described as ‘very loved’ in the community and a ‘real Only Fools and Horses fan’.
Steve, whose nickname was ‘Plum’, was carried through the streets of Basildon in the iconic three-wheeled van painted the same vibrant yellow as the Trotter brothers’ Reliant Regal. Steve’s daughter and his best friend’s daughter ran ahead of the car dressed as Batman and Robin, just like Del Boy and Rodney in the 1996 Christmas episode of Only Fools.
Steve’s daughter Claire Wisker said: “My dad was very loved. We all loved him. He was a bit of a comedian and he was a real Only Fools and Horses fan. He was a big character and thought he was a bit of a Del Boy – always laughing and joking. That’s one of the reasons why we did the funeral service like this.”
The funeral procession drove past Pitsea Market with the car horn beeping and many people watching, laughing, crying and filming with their phones, while Claire and Maria, the pseudo Batman and Robin, ran ahead of the hearse in homage to Steve’s favourite episode, reports EssexLive.
Claire and Maria dressed as Batman and Robin in the iconic Christmas episode Claire, 47, also from Basildon, added: “It was dad’s favourite episode. That’s why we wanted to dress as Batman and Robin. We wanted to get the last laugh – but I think he’s had the last laugh because we didn’t get this much attention.
She added: “People’s reactions to it [has been] lovely. You could see people crying in the street, people were laughing, others had their phones out. When I was running everywhere and when I looked, people were on their phones recording. It was really crazy and honestly, all we were trying to do was give my dad a great send-off.”
Claire said she just wanted to ‘give my dad a great send-off’
The video of Claire and Maria running in front of the Trotter’s Independent Traders car went viral, with thousands of people loving the idea. Claire admitted she was “overwhelmed” by the support and love that she and their family received from the video.
TOP TWELVE OF THE DAY
The Top 12 Most Popular Only Fools & Horses Episodes
- Jolly Boys’ Outing
- Time on Our Hands
- A Touch of Glass. This episode is remembered by most viewers for one unforgettable scene – the crashing chandelier.
- Stage Fright
- Yuppy Love
- Mother Nature’s Son
- The Unlucky Winner Is …
- Heroes and Villains. Del Boy and Rodney dress up as Batman and Robin to attend the fancy dress party of publican Harry Malcolm. However, Boycie forgot to mention to the pair Harry actually died the day before and the party is now a wake.
- To Hull and Back
- The Class of 62
- The Russians Are Coming
- He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Uncle.
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” —Dolly Parton
Happiness is…a good laugh no matter what the occasion.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Thinking of having my ashes stored in a glass urn. Remains to be seen.
Love is…what makes for a good night’s sleep.
A time for ‘A Touch of Glass’ (#3 above)…A time for Heroes and Villains #8 above.
©2022 Phil M Robinson