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Fitting final journey for trucker who loved landaus

Trucker's funeral: Paul Webster with continental trucker Peter Marriott (right). Mr Marriott, a former landau driver on Blackpool promenade, was transported to the cemetery on a dray and he was escorted by a HGV.

Trucker's funeral: Paul Webster with continental trucker Peter Marriott (right). Mr Marriott, a former landau driver on Blackpool promenade, was transported to the cemetery on a dray and he was escorted by a HGV.

A long distance trucker took his final journey on a dray and was escorted by one of his beloved HGVs.

Peter Marriott had a life-long love of landaus and international trucking so his family and friends devised the unusual tribute to him.

His close friend Paul Webster, who has a haulage company in the resort, even decorated the wagon with bottles of his favourite tipple - Newcastle Brown Ale.

Surprised onlookers watched as the funeral procession made its way from Daggers Hall Lane to Carlton Cemetery on Tuesday, April 1.

Mr Marriott, 71, who hit the headlines in the ‘70s when he became one of the first international truckers in the UK, died on March 12 in Kent.

An energetic and humorous man, he was a continental trucker for 48 years and only gave up when his health deteriorated.

Mr Marriott’s partner, Vera Pendlebury, said: “He wanted to reach 50 years but he became unwell.

“He was a big joker and left his mark on everyone he met. Once seen - never forgotten.

“It is a great loss for everyone who knew him.”

Mr Mariott’s father, Ronald, was also a landau driver and built pleasure boats.

Mr Webster said: “Peter was one of the first international truck drivers. It was a new thing in the ‘70s.

“He used to go to Italy a lot and he spoke fluent Italian.

“He drove landaus in the ‘80s in Blackpool’s heyday.”

Mr Marriott leaves five children: Jeanette, Lisa, Shane, Michelle and Michael as well as his sister Sheena Measures.

Michelle added: “He loved his horses to the end. He had horses here and at his home in Kent.

“He also had a traditional Yorkshire open lot Gypsy caravan which he kept at Midgeland Road in Blackpool.

“His son Michael now paints and restores Gypsy caravans.

“It think all of the things we have done for his funeral are very apt.

“He would have liked the dray especially.

“What you saw was what you got with my dad.

“He liked simple things and being in the outdoors.

“I think he would have been very happy with the tributes - especially the Newcastle Brown Ale on the HGV!”

 

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