Mourners ignored lockdown restrictions to take to the streets and say goodbye to a popular grandmother of the touring community today as the nation imposed its second national lockdown.
Family and friends gathered outside St. Cuthbert's Church in Stockton-on-Tees today to pay their respects to Honor Francis, 63, who died on October 23 of an illness.
The scenes came as the UK launched its second national lockdown today as coronavirus cases increased across the UK.
After the service, Mrs. Francis' daughter, Claire Bousfield, 38, described how the pandemic would not prevent her family from celebrating her mother's life.
She said to Teesside Live: “Covid can kiss my backend, I give my mother the goodbye she deserves. I want her to go out like the queen. She was our queen. & # 39;
Members of the travel community paid their respects to Honor Francis, 63, who died on October 23 after an illness
Mourners gathered outside St. Cuthbert & # 39; s Church in Stockton-on-Tees today to pay their respects to Grandmother
People come to the funeral service as Britain implements its second national lockdown today
Ms. Bousfield went on to explain that guests must obey coronavirus rules and only 30 people are allowed into the church.
During her life Mrs. Francis who was She was born in Leeds and later moved to Stockton when she was 13. She has held various positions, including as a nursing assistant and as a helper for families and children in social services.
Her daughter went on to describe how she was overwhelmed by the number of messages and honors from the travel community.
She added: “I knew my mother was known, but I didn't know how well known she was. Everyone knew her and everyone loved her.
"She came from a large traveling family – the Francis and the Lees and the Tyers."
Before the service, her daughter set up a Facebook page for Ms. Francis and asked ward members to wear a splash of color for the funeral service.
The message read: & # 39; Honor Francis (my beautiful mother) will start her last trip on THURSDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2020.
Mourners, including members of the traveling community, stand outside the church in Stock-on-Tees
Outside, flowers and tributes are laid for the beloved grandmother who has died after an illness
Family and friends gather outside to pay tribute to Grandmother on the day the second national lockdown goes into effect
Before the service, her daughter set up a Facebook page for Ms. Francis to commemorate her “beautiful mother”.
“Can everyone wear a splash of color in memory of my mother, she loved all colors.
& # 39; Please note that due to restrictions only 30 and a small plus are allowed inside the church but outside the church there are no restrictions and we put speakers outside so you can all hear the service.
“Wear your masks and keep your distance and then we'll do what we're supposed to be.
“When my mother arrives at church, please don't be silent. Can you all clap for her? She would love that. Hope to see you soon. & # 39;
The scenes come after Boris Johnson was catapulted to announce a four-week shutdown for England from Thursday to December 2nd as the number of cases increased across the country.
Figures from Public Health England today showed that coronavirus infection rates had decreased among those under 40 for the past week but continued to increase among the elderly.
In its weekly report, PHE claimed that cases per person among teenagers fell by a fifth (21 percent) during the half year, while infections also decreased among school children and people aged 20 and over.
Infections continued to increase in middle and older adults, however, with the largest increase seen in people in their sixties, whose cases increased by six percent.
Although the second wave started with the most infections in children and students, it has now invaded older groups and resulted in an increase in hospital admissions and deaths.
PHE's report also found that test positivity – the percentage of tests that gave positive results – rose to almost one in ten last week.
Earlier this week, Boris Johnson appealed to Tories to support his coronavirus lockdown, telling his cabinet that the draconian month-long restrictions in England were essential to avoid "thousands of deaths".
He said the R-rate is currently "just over one," but a reduction would leave more room for mass testing, new treatments, and advances in a vaccine.
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