ON BEHALF of Mrs Martin and all the family I would like to send a few comments about my father (Roy Martin) and express our thanks to all who helped make his funeral a fitting tribute and, although a very sad occasion, a day to remember with pride.
As my brother said in his eulogy we have been overwhelmed by all the cards and messages of condolence and thank everyone for their kindness and support.
Dad was often referred to as ‘Mr. Polegate’ and it was wonderful to see his band, The Expedient Brass band marching along Polegate High Street.
We thank everyone who turned out and showed him such respect. He had talked about two things he would like at his funeral - a parade by the band and someone to play the last post.
The RAF provided a standard bearer and the bugler played beautifully. Dad was in South East Asia during the war and received the Burma Star.
One of the many humorous stories he told was of how, when marching with The Expedient Brass band and wearing his medals, he was accosted more than once by an indignant member of the public who would challenge him with, “By what right are you wearing those medals?”
Dad would reply “I won them” and they would be surprised. He never seemed to age much and thought no-one should take any notice of their age – he always said you should carry on doing things no matter how old you were and he certainly did that.
We have had many lovely comments about his humour and sense of fun. He regarded himself as an ordinary man but made the most of life and did not allow anything to deter him from trying to achieve something.
We thank everyone who worked behind the scenes to make his funeral go as he would have wanted it. He would have been proud and humbled by the tributes.
Our thanks to Polegate Town Council and Sussex police for their help with the parade, to the funeral director and St. John’s Church and Polegate Free Church and the Rev. Brian Bowyer, Norman Baker MP, Polegate Royal British Legion, The Expedient Brass band and Jazz Caverners and National Express coaches and, most importantly, the people of Polegate who made a sad day for us one we will always remember with immense pride.
Councillor Roy Martin