Disability scooter parade at funeral of Burnley grandad

Geoff West funeral cortege arrives at Burnley Crematorium.'Photo Ben Parsons
Geoff West funeral cortege arrives at Burnley Crematorium.'Photo Ben Parsons

DISABILITY scooters followed the funeral procession of respected fund-raiser for the disabled Mr Geoff West.

Grandfather Mr West, of Loveclough, who died aged 73, was well-known throughout Burnley for his daredevil exploits on his trusty yellow disability scooter raising thousands of pounds for various charities and a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

Twice Mr West, who suffered from crippling arthritis, travelled the length of the country from John O’Groats to Land’s End on his scooter.

He was joined on many similar exploits by his best friend Mr Tony Palmer from Burnley who fought back tears when he paid tribute at the funeral service. Mr Palmer said: “Geoff was one of a kind. He was stubborn, energetic, determined and down-to-earth. He was my best friend.”

Born in Swinton, Manchester, in 1938 Mr West met his childhood sweetheart Jacquie in the town. They were married for more than 40 years and had a son Andrew. Mrs West died in 2005.

Mourners at the service heard how the couple moved to Rossendale and how Mr West worked as a civilian driver for the Ministry of Defence.

Known for his sense of humour, it was fitting that there were tears and chuckles when the closing song “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life” was played at the service at Burnley Crematorium.