A FAMILY are planning a very special send-off for a Huddersfield man.
Four black horses wearing black plumes will draw the hearse and coffin of Jeremiah Core through the streets of Birkby on Friday.
And after the procession arrives at Rose Hill Natural Burial Ground, relatives and friends will release a butterflies into the sky.
Grandfather-of-nine, Mr Core, 72, died from lung cancer on September 20 at his home in Crosland Moor.
The textile worker was surrounded by his children and wife of 52 years, Edith.
The close-knit family now want to do something special to show how much they cared for him.
They are expecting 150 people at the funeral and family are coming over from Ireland for the ceremony.
Granddaughter Natalie Woodford, 32, was close to her grandfather, a former carpet blender, and came up with the idea of a horse-drawn carriage.
Her mum Kathleen, from Lockwood, said: “We felt he was worth honouring.
“He wasn’t anyone well-known, he was just a working-class man who did his best and we just adored him.
“He was fantastic – he was just so humorous and smiled a lot.
“And he was so hard-working and such a dedicated man.
“He liked to see other people enjoying themselves and always took the back seat but we thought this would be a great time for him to take a front seat.”
After the funeral at St Patrick’s Church on New North Road, the carriage will travel towards the burial ground.
Mourners will then join the procession on Birkby Hall Road.
Irishman Mr Core came to Huddersfield in 1955 and began work in a dye house where his brother Christopher worked.
He was the youngest of 18 children, eight of which survived into old age.
After leaving the dye house he worked for the coal board, the steel industry and then became a carpet blender for Westex Carpets in Cleckheaton.
Kathleen said: “He was such a hard worker and worked up until he was 67.
“He was really active and loved walking.
“He didn’t believe in getting the bus and was quite happy walking from Crosland Moor to work in Cleckheaton
“But as he got older he always said his legs weren’t what they used to be.”
Mr Core met his wife Edith 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. Mr Core was a keen sportsman and trained his son James to be a footballer.
James, who now lives in Brighouse, went on to play for Middlesbrough’s youth team.
James, 49, said: “At that time in 1974 a lot of clubs didn’t take young boys on that weren’t from a privileged background.
“But dad used to take me down to Coronation Park on Manchester Road to practice.
“He was really encouraging and it was every schoolboy’s dream.
“Dad met Jackie Charlton who was the manager at the time and signed all the forms.”
Susan Brook, managing director of Rose Hill burial ground, said there had never been a carriage drawn by four horses at the burial ground before.
She said: “This is a very special funeral for a very special person.
“A team of four gives a special dignity to the occasion.
“The Cores are obviously a close-knit family.”