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Jan 4 2010

Special tribute at funeral of VW van fan Tony Minns

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Farewell: Mourners carry the coffin at the funeral of Tony Minns.

Farewell: Mourners carry the coffin at the funeral of Tony Minns.

MOTOR enthusiasts paid “the perfect tribute” to a fellow petrolhead with a convoy of classic cars accompanying the cortege to his funeral writes Peterborough Today. Tony Minns died, aged 46, from a heart attack on December 14. The stepfather-of-two’s funeral was held yesterday, and his coffin was carried to Peterborough Crematorium in his beloved Volkswagen camper van, followed by family and friends in a variety of classic VW Beetles, Golfs and camper vans of all ages and colours.

Tonny Minns.

Tony Minns.

Many of the drivers carried pictures of Mr Minns in the windows of their cars on the way to the service. Mr Minns, of East Lane, Morton, near Bourne, was a passionate member of the Alldubs Klub, a club for Volkswagen owners in Peterborough, and his fellow enthusiasts arranged for the poignant tribute. Today his wife, Anna Miners (47) said: “We arranged for his coffin to be carried in his camper van – which we called Charliebus – because that is where he said he spent the best years of his life. “Over the past couple of years we took a camper van trip around Europe and Scandinavia, which was a fantastic experience. “The support the club has given me since he died has been incredible. “He was passionate about his Volkswagen, and the convoy from the club is the perfect tribute to him.” Matthew Eames, from the club, said: “He was a great bloke who got on well with everyone. “We have had people want to come and pay their respects from all over the country. “We think this the convoy is what he would have wanted, and is a perfect tribute.”

Oct 1 2009

Funeral firm uses VW hearse

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A MIDLAND funeral firm is offering Volkswagen fans the ultimate send-off – by using a VW hearse.

Clare Brookes and business partner Michelle Orton, both aged 35, created the hearse when they launched their unique funeral van three years ago.

The Atherstone-based pair, who are VW enthusiasts, spent £8,000 restoring it and following the company’s first funeral in December 2007, business has been booming.

It’s believed to be the only aircooled funeral fleet in the world.

Funeral Volkswagen Camper Van.

Clare and Michelle also offer bereaved families the choice of 3 stretched Beetle Limousines and bus/camper van fleet for funeral hire.

Clare said: “I have always loved VWs and so I thought to myself, ‘What would I like to go off in?’ I just thought, ‘Stick me in a camper van’. Her family are funeral directors and have a wedding car company so this was a natural progression.

“If that’s what I’d want, I thought there had to be a market out there.

“Our Hearse was born in 1972 and was a Mortuary body removal vehicle, so it was already a hearse.

Funeral Volkswagen Camper Van.

“we fully refurbished the exterior and interior and installed a coffin beir.” The van, which has hire charges starting at £400, has been used for more than 40 funerals nationwide. Clare said: “People will naturally interact with the van and touch it. It also breaks down the barriers and gives people something else to talk about at a funeral.

“While many families continue to prefer traditional funerals, an increasing number are now changing traditions in many ways.

“We are often called in to provide a tribute when a young person has died. The look of the VW can help brighten a very sad and difficult day.”

Nichola Green, who used the VW hearse for her father’s funeral said: “When my dad Brian passed away suddenly earlier this year my family were looking for a funeral service with a difference and which reflected him as an individual.

“Dad had seen the hearse at a classic car show and thought it was a great idea but we didn’t think we would be calling upon it quite so soon.

“While the day was a very sad occasion, the hearse looked brilliant when it arrived at our house. Dad would have been amazed.”

* The camper will be on display at the Classic Motor Show, running from November 13 to 15 at the NEC.

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