Funeral held of Eastbourne Pier workman

LAST RESPECTS: firends and family attend All Souls Church, Netherton, Maryport, for the funeral of local man Stephen 'Penny' Penrice, who tragically died when he fell from Eastbourne Pier while working on repairs after it burnt down; Thursday 18th September 2014: PAUL JOHNSON SUS-140918-150506001
LAST RESPECTS: firends and family attend All Souls Church, Netherton, Maryport, for the funeral of local man Stephen 'Penny' Penrice, who tragically died when he fell from Eastbourne Pier while working on repairs after it burnt down; Thursday 18th September 2014: PAUL JOHNSON SUS-140918-150506001

The funeral has taken place today of workman Stephen Penrice who fell to his death while rebuilding the blaze damaged Eastbourne Pier.

More than 400 people attended the 44-year-old’s funeral at a Maryport church in Cumbria.

“A big head, big mouth, big smile and, most of all a big heart” was how friends described the man they called Penny.

Friends and colleagues paid tribute to Mr Penrice who they described as a loyal friend who always knew when someone needed to be cheered up.

The Rev Mary Day, who took the service, said Stephen Penrice had made an impact on everyone he knew.

Mr Penrice suffered fatal injuries when he fell from the seafront structure in August. He was part of a team working on rebuilding the pier after a third of it was damaged by fire on July 30.