240FLM had been requested to attend the funeral of our former colleague, Andy Poole near Sevenoaks in Kent on the 14th February 2023.
En route to the event, our TL had a good run down to Kent but about a mile before the agreed meeting place with the Funeral Directors, a problem with the clutch began to manifest itself. After a while, it seemed to clear so the crew continued their journey, however, less than 5 minutes later, the entire clutch system failed thus preventing 240FLM completing its journey.
After some discussion, it was decided to attempt to get the appliance to its agreed meeting point not far from the family home, and after a quick chat amongst the crew, a guard of honour was created ready for the courtege to drive past. This was warmly appreciated by the family and friends present.
So despite us not being able to formally accompany Andy on his last journey, we were at least able to give him a formal and moving send off on his last shout.