People gather in the street for funeral of "local legend"

Mourners outside a church.

The funeral occurred this morning (May 17) at St Margaret's church in Hopton. - Credit: James Weeds

There were touching scenes in Hopton-on-Sea, as people lined the streets clapping to honour the life of a local mechanic.

Over forty people - some wearing the shirt of the mechanic's favourite football team - were outside St Margaret's Church to celebrate the life of Howard 'Shep' Shepherdson.

Mr Shepherdson's coffin was followed by thirty of his family and close friends as the hearse made its way from Station Road towards St Margaret's church in Hopton.

A hearse driving down the street with 'Grandad' bouquet in the back

A maximum of thirty people are allowed to attend a funeral, so people gathered in the streets to pay tribute to Mr Shepherdson. - Credit: James Weeds

Mr Shepherdson's coffin also had blue flashing lights on top, highlighting the sense of humour he had in life.

Current covid restrictions state that no more than thirty people may attend a funeral, so the gathering on the street was a way people could show their appreciation to Mr Shepherdson.

Men wearing Arsenal Football Club colours outside a church.

The Norfolk Arsenal Supporters club stood a guard of honour for Howard Shepherdson. - Credit: The Shepherdson Family


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The Norfolk Arsenal Supporters club stood a guard of honour as Mr Shepherdson was carried into St Margaret's church by his son Aaran Shepherdson, nephew Adam Shepherdson and best friends David Ellis and Andrew Clifford.

Howard Shepherdson's coffin carried to St Margaret's Church, Hopton.

Mr Shepherdson was carried into the church by his son Aaran Shepherdson, nephew Adam Shepherdson and best friends David Ellis and Andrew Clifford. - Credit: The Shepherdson Family

The mechanic, who was also the owner of Gorleston's 'Save n Drive', died aged 59 on Friday, April 16.

Mr Shepherdson passed away after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Childhood friend, Glen Harman, said: "Shep was an absolute nightmare, but in the funny sense.

"Back in the day, Howard sorted out the first coach trip from our school - Greenacre - to go to Highbury stadium for the day.

A woman and a man in an Arsenal scarf

Tracy and Glen Harman were paying their respects to Howard Shepherdson. - Credit: James Weeds

"It was the first time I went and it was a great day, a great experience.

"Howard would always put a lot of trouble and effort into doing things like that."

Mr Shepherdson's funeral was finished off with Anthony Walsh flying over the ceremony doing loop the loops.

A plane performing a display in the sky.

Pilot, Anthony Walsh flying over Howard 'Shep' Shepherdson's funeral. - Credit: The Shepherdson Family

People gathered outside a church.

People gathered in the street as funerals can only have a maximum of thirty attendees under current Covid restrictions. - Credit: The Shepherdson Family

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