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The traveler known as the "King of Sheffield" is brought to his final resting place


The former boxer's memorial service brought city traffic to a standstill as hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to him.

Willy Collins, dubbed "the King of Sheffield", was carried from outside the Old Ball Pub in Darnall, past Pitsmoor, where he grew up, and through Sheffield's streets in a golden coffin before a service was held in Shiregreen Cemetery.

The father of nine was a well-known member of the travel community who suddenly died while on vacation in Mallorca for his wife's birthday last month.

His entourage was led by people in velvet suits and crowns, with a white funeral wagon pulled by six feathered horses with yellow and blue feathers, 40 Rolls-Royce cars, and a few bikers and vintage cars.

Horses in yellow and blue feathers were pulling a white hearse with a 22-carat gold coffin in which Willy Collins was laid to rest

The Cortege also had 40 Rolls Royces, roughly 12 bikers and other vintage cars. Some of the people who led the force wore gold hats

The Cortege also had 40 Rolls Royces, roughly 12 bikers and other vintage cars. Some of the people who led the force wore gold hats

Willy was a well-known former boxer in the travel community who died at the age of 49 when he suddenly collapsed on a birthday trip for his wife in Mallorca

Willy was a well-known former boxer in the travel community who died at the age of 49 when he suddenly collapsed on a birthday trip for his wife in Mallorca

His golden coffin was 22 carats and his vault in the cemetery was lined with tiles depicting the Last Supper.

His wife Kathleen said in her tribute: “I am broken because I lost the love of my life.

“My husband took the coat off his back to give to a stranger when needed.

& # 39; He wasn't an angel, far from it.

“He never looked for trouble, but he wasn't afraid of it.

“He just wanted peace for his children and to be able to give them everything they needed.

"Lots of people said lots of nice things about him, which was nice to hear."

Cars and bicycles were parked on Pitsmoor Road, where Willy grew up, as part of his grand funeral service, which was held today before a service in the cemetery

Cars and bicycles were parked on Pitsmoor Road, where Willy grew up, as part of his grand funeral service, which was held today before a service in the cemetery

The Cortege began outside the Old Ball Pub in Darnall, went through Pitsmoor, where Willy grew up, and continued down the streets of Sheffield to Shiregreen Cemetery

The Cortege began outside the Old Ball Pub in Darnall, went through Pitsmoor, where Willy grew up, and continued down the streets of Sheffield to Shiregreen Cemetery

Local media reported that hundreds of people were in attendance with his family friends and all of the local people who gathered to remember him

Local media reported that hundreds of people were in attendance with his family friends and all of the local people who gathered to remember him

Pictured: Supporters of Willy Collins pose for a picture while they watch & # 39; Big Willy & # 39; Pay tribute as his mourners drive through his home town in Sheffield

Pictured: Supporters of Willy Collins pose for a picture while they watch & # 39; Big Willy & # 39; Pay tribute as his mourners drive through his home town in Sheffield

Kathleen previously alleged that pub owners had received letters asking them to close for the funeral, but Sheffield Council and South Yorkshire Police said this was not true.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Recreation, Councilor Mary Lea, responded to the rumors on Facebook: “During this private family burial in one of our cemeteries, our priority is keeping staff and mourners safe.

& # 39; In our efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus and protect everyone present, our current policy limits mourners to a maximum of 25 people, and toilets in our cemeteries and crematoriums remain closed.

“We anticipate that there may be disruptions to travel that day as the procession passes through town, and we will make sure this happens as smoothly and respectfully as possible for those who mourn.

"Local pubs and businesses don't have to close on Saturday and haven't been asked to close."

Mourners leading the entourage wore velvet suits and some wore gold balloons and crowns in honor of the father of nine children

Mourners leading the entourage wore velvet suits and some wore gold balloons and crowns in honor of the father of nine children

Willy's wife Kathleen (woman in picture) paid emotional tribute to her husband, saying he was brother Anthony, who was stabbed to death 18 years ago

Willy's wife Kathleen (woman in picture) paid emotional tribute to her husband, saying he was brother Anthony, who was stabbed to death 18 years ago

Kathleen also said Willy Collins would finally be his brother Anthony again after he was murdered 18 years ago.

Both men were involved in a violence at the Afro Caribbean Club in Spital Hill when drug dealer Mark Lloyd Roberts returned to the club from Burngreave Road after an argument and stabbed the brothers.

Willy recovered from severe chest and lung injuries, but Anthony died from injuries to his heart.

In a Facebook post, Kathleen said, & # 39; They are finally back together.

"Two legends together again"

"I couldn't be happier to know that he is with his little brother, whom he loved and talked about every day."

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