IT was a family’s special farewell to their beloved Jeremiah.
Yesterday afternoon four black horses drew a carriage carrying the coffin of grandfather-of-nine Jeremiah Core through the streets of Huddersfield.
The horses, wearing black and silver plumes, trotted from St Patrick’s RC Church to Rose Hill Burial Ground where the former textile worker was buried.
The heartfelt send-off was organised by Mr Core’s family who wanted to do something noteworthy to say goodbye to the 72-year-old, who died on September 20 from lung cancer.
Granddaughter Nathalie Woodford, 32, thought up the idea of the horse-drawn carriage to add dignity to the occasion.
Family members and friends released painted lady butterflies at the burial ground.
The service was at St Patrick’s Church on New North Road.
Afterwards, the carriage travelled towards the place of burial and mourners joined the procession on Birkby Hall Road.
Irishman Mr Core came over to Huddersfield in 1955 to work in a dye house.
He met his wife Edith, 72, at the former Chinny’s dance hall on what used to be East Parade.
The pair married in 1957 in London and later had eight children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
They lived in Crosland Moor together.
His daughter Kathleen, of Lockwood, told the Examiner before the funeral: “He liked to see other people enjoying themselves and always took the back seat but we thought this would be a great way for him to take the front seat.”