MAY we please express our heartfelt thanks to everybody who pulled out all the stops to ensure that the funeral of Michael Preston went ahead as planned on December 2 at 12.15pm.
Heavy overnight snow of between 15 and 25cms (six to 10 inches in “old figures”) meant the route from Hailsham to Langney Crematorium was treacherous to say the least.
However, the directors and staff of Hailsham Funeral Services were completely unperturbed and stated, “We have never got stuck on our way to a funeral yet!”
HFS carried out a ‘dummy run’ earlier in the morning, they liaised with EBC at the crematorium to ensure access was clear (who immediately allocated council workers to hand-clear the driveway into and out of the crematorium).
HFS also ensured the Rev. Charlie Hill was able to get to the Crematorium to conduct the service.
Even after all this short-notice planning, HFS knew that quite a lot of the mourners were snowed-in and unable to attend, so offered us the choice of postponement should we so wish, but under absolutely no pressure whatsoever, HFS stating, “everything is in place, we can do it!”
Amazingly, even more true dedication was later to be shown to the late Michael Preston by East Sussex Fire and Rescue, (Eastbourne).
Until the disbandment of the Auxiliary Fire Service in the late 1960s, Michael was a very strong member of the team based at Eastbourne Fire Station, then in Bourne Street.
At very short notice and at an incredibly busy time for East Sussex Fire and Rescue (Eastbourne), a senior representative from the Brigade joined the mourners in paying respect to Michael.
This further act of kindness by another professional organisation made what was a very, very difficult day, run like clockwork.
So heartfelt thanks to all the named professionals, and to all the mourners, who pulled out all the stops to make the funeral of Michael Preston a very special day indeed. Also not forgetting Kevin for the stunning floral arrangements, outstanding.
The Preston family