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Anthony Maynard Funeral

By twarwick - Posted on 29 July 2008

Monday July 21st was Anthony Maynard's funeral. The hearse was accompanied from the Maynards' home to the funeral by a silent procession of 70+ cyclists, the majority wearing their Reading colours. It was an impressive sight from within this "peloton", and must have looked quite striking to all the passers-by. Thames Valley Police assisted by providing an escort vehicle that did an excellent job of allowing the procession to progress unhindered through the busy traffic in centre of Reading. The funeral was attended by a couple of hundred mourners - far too many, in fact, to fit in the hall at the crematorium. This was a clear indication of the impact Anthony's life had on so many.

At the funeral, we heard moving tributes to Anthony from Sue, Dave and Theresa, also from Anthony's grandfather, uncle and cousins. Roy Booth gave a tribute from all of us in the club.

It was an emotional occasion for all, but still with some moments of humour as people brought back memories of Anthony with their words.

Dave expressed his thanks to everyone who had provided support over the last couple of weeks. Some club members, particularly Nick Crocker, Adrian Lawson and Roy Booth have been to the fore in these efforts.

The funeral was covered by BBC South Today, which showed views of the cortege, the crowd at the crematorium and a short interview with Adrian Lawson.

The main news page with tributes to Anthony can be found here.