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A PROCESSION of tractors passed through West Berkshire last week at the funeral of a well-known and popular farm hand

Lindsey Thomas had been a tractor driver for the Bowden family at Manor Farm in Brimpton for 33 years

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A PROCESSION of tractors passed through West Berkshire last week at the funeral of a well-known and popular farm hand

A PROCESSION of tractors passed through West Berkshire last week at the funeral of a well-known and popular farm hand.Lindsey Thomas had been a tractor driver for the Bowden family at Manor Farm in Brimpton for 33 years and despite being diagnosed...

A PROCESSION of tractors passed through West Berkshire last week at the funeral of a well-known and popular farm hand.

Lindsey Thomas had been a tractor driver for the Bowden family at Manor Farm in Brimpton for 33 years and despite being diagnosed with cancer he continued working on the farm just before he died from the disease on February 8, aged 56.

Three tractors led the funeral procession from Mr Thomas’ home in the village and his coffin, decorated with a scene of fields similar to those that he had tended for more than three decades, was towed by one of the tractors that he had driven until his death. The procession passed through Manor Farm and along the A4 to the West Berkshire crematorium before heading to the wake at the Traveller’s Friend.

Mr Thomas’s son, Trevor, said that his father had a good send off with hundreds of people in attendance, showing how popular he was within the village and the local farming community.

“There weren't many people that he did not know,” he said. “We couldn't do anything growing up without him finding out. He was a good dad as any dad can be. He was always there when you needed him and was there for a lot of people when they needed him.

“Local children quite liked him as well, being a tractor driver he was a hero to some children. He liked to enjoy himself when he could and liked shooting.”

Mr Thomas said that his father had started out as a dairy herder in Guildford and then moved to farm with his father in Sutton before moving to West Berkshire in the 1980s, where he is alleged to have told Mr Bowden that he didn't want to milk another cow for as long as he lived and ended up tractor driving instead. Mr Thomas also recalled that his father had lost his teeth after receiving a hoof in the face.

His widow, Jo, said that the day was a fitting tribute to someone who was highly thought of in the village. Mrs Thomas explained that her husband had always used blue tractors in his work and it was always planned to use them in the procession.

She said: “It was nice to give him a good send off and have something that people would remember, he deserved that. 

“He was always smiling and whistling he was just a lovely man and would have done anything for anyone. People said that once you met him you would never forget him.”

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