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Knocked down at a funeral

Funeral Director Mark Rae almost became a potential client when he was knocked down whilst walking in front of a hearse during a funeral in Lytham.
Mark with wife Helen outside their St Annes office.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
5-12-2012

Funeral Director Mark Rae almost became a potential client when he was knocked down whilst walking in front of a hearse during a funeral in Lytham. Mark with wife Helen outside their St Annes office. PIC BY ROB LOCK 5-12-2012

A FUNERAL director has described the terrifying moment he was hit by a car as he was about to lead a funeral cortege.

Mark Rae was hit as he set out to lead a procession along East Beach, Lytham, on 
Tuesday.

Mr Rae had just stepped in front of the parked hearse to check the road was clear when the vehicle swept him off his feet.

The 51-year-old, who owns Mark Rae Funeral Directors in St Annes, was lifted onto the bonnet of the car before tumbling on to the road.

He said: “I’d just walked onto the road, and the next thing I was on the ground.

“But I was more concerned about the family of the deceased and the funeral which was about to take place.

“Luckily the car hit me on the back of my legs and nothing is broken. I could have been a lot worse.”

Mr Rae’s wife Helen said she was terrified when she saw the car coming towards her husband.

She said: “The moment I saw it coming towards the hearse I knew it was going to hit Mark.

“In a split second all I saw was Mark on the bonnet before he rolled over the other side.”

Following the incident, the woman driver stopped to check Mr Rae was OK saying she had not seen him step out.

An on-duty nurse then pulled over having witnessed the incident and went to Mr Rae’s aid.

She checked him over while he lay on the road and found nothing was broken before Mr Rae was carried to the roadside.

An ambulance was called but Mr Rae cancelled it, determined to carry on with the funeral.

He added: “The most important thing for a funeral director is everything runs as smoothly as possible.

“The family was already shocked at what had happened and they were my only concern.”

When the funeral cortege arrived at the crematorium Mr Rae accepted help, and was taken to hospital.

He said doctors were amazed he suffered nothing worse than bruising to the back of his legs and shock.

Mr Rae, who has been a funeral director for 36 years, said he had not reported the incident to the police and had just wanted to get on with his work.

 
 
 

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