People to line streets of Holmes Chapel for funeral of founding member of Bridge The Gap

People in Holmes Chapel are to line to streets to pay tribute to a man who inspired a social group, bringing generations together.

Richard Ling passed away in May, at the age of 90. 

Now a community send off has been arranged, ahead of his funeral this afternoon.

His final journey will take him through the village, where he regularly made the trip to Costa Coffee. 

This is where he made friends with many local people, including some mums and their young children.

It was from these connections between younger and older generations that Bridge The Gap was formed.

Richard was an integral part of the initial planning meetings and subsequent events.

Group volunteer, Alison Wright, said: "There is no doubt that we will all miss Richard greatly. He was such a cheerful, positive, polite and well mannered gentleman who always had time to chat, and to listen and to learn.

"So, on Friday 19th June, Richard will make his final journey and we all have the opportunity to say goodbye to Richard by clapping as he passes through the village from Bernard Court on Chester Road, along London Road and onto Macclesfield Road.

"We will all need to ensure we are at least 2m apart, we must stay on the pavements, and we are not to mingle afterwards. 

"We will need to be in position by 12.15pm. Bright clothes are the order of the day, and whole families (and family bubbles) are more than welcome to contribute to this Community Send Off, and pay their respects to this very special member of our community.

"We would very much like to fundraise for a bench in Richard’s memory to be installed by the Parish Council in the centre of the village, and ideally a couple of children sized benches and a planter as Richard loved the work of Home Grown, and was passionate about the environment.

"If you would like to contribute, please follow this link https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/richard-ling"



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