Last week the Croxley community came together in a show of love and respect to honour their Mr Christmas.
On Friday, December 11 hundreds of residents lined the streets and of the village to pay their respects on the day of his funeral.
Dave Edwards who put up wonderful lights on the Christmas House in the village for over 40 years, sadly passed away on November 13.
His daughter Sharon Markham invited the community to pay their respects for Mr Christmas and wanted to thank everyone who came out to show their support.
She said: “When we left the church there were hundreds of people on the green and on the streets lining the route. Shopkeepers came out and bowed and everyone on the green was cheering.
“We stopped outside the Croxley Guild and raised a brandy glass with his friends there. The funeral director said three cheers for Mr Christmas and the whole green just echoed.”
Sharon added that her dad would have loved it and that all he wanted to do was thank everyone.
She said: “Dad kept saying to me when he was ill, how can I thank all these people, but I said dad they’re thanking you.
“A COVID funeral is 20 people at the crematorium and dad deserved so much more and the community made sure he got that.”
Sharon also said that this year the Christmas House has raised a record amount of over £7,000 with the majority going to Peace Hospice Care, which is a perfect tribute to Mr Christmas.
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