My brother's funeral will take place on Monday next, the 20th December but it looks as if Mother Nature is going to spoil our most carefully laid plans.
He is supposed to be carried to the chapel on a gun carriage, the coffin draped in the Union Jack with his beret and his medals on the top. We have planned a beautiful service, all military with appropriate music and readings. The minister was here last night and he is such a lovely man.
So, all was going very well until..........................we see the latest weather forecast. Icy conditions coming in from the Arctic and heavy snow over much of the country. This will totally put a stop to the gun carriage as it is manned by volunteers from the Royal Artillery Association of which my brother was a member. If the roads are icy it will be impossible. This has caused us even more distress. He will have been gone nearly a month and we still do not have a death certificate but papers have been signed to allow the funeral to go ahead.
It is going to be miserable weather for all the mourners and this Christmas is going to be the saddest since we lost our Mother at Christmas of 1981.
Please think of us all next Monday morning at 9.30 a.m.