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Police close A-Street to allow the funeral service to happen, including Rolls-Royce, which was once owned by Simon Cowell


Large numbers of travelers gather at a funeral, which violates social distancing guidelines and prohibits groups of more than six people who meet after the police close A-Street to allow huge troops to pass through

  • The funeral was for Albert Joseph Harper and was held in Chichester, West Sussex, on Wednesday morning
  • Mourners traveled about three miles to Portfield Cemetery, partially using the A27, which was closed
  • A highway maintenance truck carried a huge photo of Mr. Harper as well as flower arrangements
  • The converted Rolls-Royce Phantom VII was previously owned by Simon Cowell and was used as a hearse
  • It was reportedly remodeled at a cost of £ 500,000 and previously had a champagne bar and television screens

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A large crowd of travelers gathered at a funeral in violation of the social detachment guidelines after the police blocked an A-street to allow the huge mourning community to drive along the street.

The funeral for Albert Joseph Harper, who died at the age of 47, took place on Wednesday morning at Portfield Cemetery in Chichester, West Sussex.

Mourners gathered at Mr. Harper's grave, which violated the rules of social distance and prohibited the meeting of more than six people.

They had driven about three miles from nearby Marsh Lane along the normally busy A27, which the police had to block for 30 minutes because some members of the mourning community walked on the street.

A highway maintenance truck carried a huge photo of Mr. Harper and flower arrangements, while some family members saw a car rise through the sunroof when it was part of the prison.

The Cortege was led by a converted Rolls-Royce Phantom VII, once owned by Simon Cowell and used as a hearse.

The car, which once had a champagne bar, television screens, and sheepskin carpets, would normally cost around £ 300,000 when bought new, but converting to a hearse was said to cost £ 500,000.

The exclusive vehicle was remodeled by Nottingham-based funeral home A W Lymn The Family, which also offers a red London double-decker Routemaster and hearses in various colors.

A large crowd of travelers gathered at a funeral in violation of the social detachment guidelines after the police in Chichester, West Sussex, blocked an A-street to allow the huge mourning community to drive along the street

The funeral for Albert Joseph Harper, who died at the age of 47, took place on Wednesday morning at Portfield Cemetery in Chichester, West Sussex

The funeral for Albert Joseph Harper, who died at the age of 47, took place on Wednesday morning at Portfield Cemetery in Chichester, West Sussex

Mourners traveled about three miles from nearby Marsh Lane along the normally busy A27, which had to be closed by the police because many members of the mourning community walked on the street. Pictured: A Rolls Royce VII Phantom, once owned by Simon Cowell, had been converted to a hearse

Mourners traveled about three miles from nearby Marsh Lane along the normally busy A27, which had to be closed by the police because many members of the mourning community walked on the street. Pictured: A Rolls Royce VII Phantom, once owned by Simon Cowell, had been converted to a hearse

Some family members were standing in the back of a truck carrying items to Mr. Harper's funeral

Some family members were standing in the back of a truck carrying items to Mr. Harper's funeral

A highway maintenance truck carried a huge photo of Mr. Harper as well as flower arrangements

A highway maintenance truck carried a huge photo of Mr. Harper as well as flower arrangements

Mourners were on board this truck as he brought various items to the place where Mr. Joseph was buried

Mourners were on board this truck as he brought various items to the place where Mr. Joseph was buried

Mourners gathered at Mr. Harper's grave, which violated the rules of social distance and prohibited the meeting of more than six people

Mourners gathered at Mr. Harper's grave, which violated the rules of social distance and prohibited the meeting of more than six people

This truck and an attached trailer carried various items as well as six male mourners standing on their backs

This truck and an attached trailer carried various items as well as six male mourners standing on their backs

Other men stood by the sunroof and out the window of this car

Other men stood by the sunroof and out the window of this car

The police were on site to let the troops through and they blocked the road

The police were on site to let the troops through and they blocked the road

The car procession moved slowly as mourners queued up to follow Mr. Harper's family to the cemetery

The car procession moved slowly as mourners queued up to follow Mr. Harper's family to the cemetery

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