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Penryn pallbearers push coffin on trolley after hearse breaks down

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Media captionJulie Wilson's husband Brian said the coffin was treated with "dignity"

Pallbearers were forced to push a coffin up a hill on a trolley after a hearse broke down.

The breakdown left the cortege, led by a vicar carrying a cross, with a half-mile walk to the cemetery up St Gluvias Hill in Penryn, Cornwall.

A funeral service had earlier been held for Julie Wilson, of Penryn, at St Gluvias Church.

The trolley procession was filmed by Mrs Wilson's husband, Brian, who said it was a sad moment, but also amusing.

Writing on Facebook, he said: "Having been to military and civilian funerals, yesterday was sad for me but also the funniest.

"Penryn and Falmouth Funeral Directors, who have looked after Julie this last week, made the decision to walk her round to the cemetery with dignity."

Funeral director Roy Sanders said: "It was a the sort of thing that if we'd planned it we would have done anyway. We make things happen and we make things happen well."

Mrs Wilson died on 31 March following a suspected heart attack.

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