John's final wish is played out at funeral

Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to a popular council worker.

Thursday, 14th April 2016, 9:53 am
Updated Thursday, 14th April 2016, 9:57 am
Jan Hutchinson with the council wagon at the funeral of her husbandJohn Hutchinson in Tynemouth. Picture by Jane Coltman

Mourners at the funeral of John Hutchinson were treated to a unique sight when a flatbed truck from North Tyneside Council, where he worked for nearly 30 years, was used as his hearse.

John, who died last month, had planned his own funeral which included the unique hearse and his family being taken to Our Lady and St Oswin’s RC Church, in Tynemouth, in a red double-decker bus.

His wife Jan said: “My John was a very popular and much-loved man. He will be sorely missed.

“I want to convey my heartfelt thanks to all at North Tyneside Council who worked to fulfil his wishes.”

Phil Scott, head of environment, housing and leisure, said: “On behalf of North Tyneside Council, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of John Hutchinson.”

“John was an extremely popular and hard working member of staff and we know he’ll be missed by all who knew him.

“We were pleased to be able to help to fulfil John’s wish of his last journey being taken in a council wagon, similar to the one he drove for over 30 years while working for the council and subsequently for Kier North Tyneside.”