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Only Fools and Horses hearse for Frome man Keith Drew's funeral

Keith Drew's Only Fools and Horses-themed funeral
Image caption Only Fools and Hearses: Keith Drew was taken to his funeral in a replica of Del Boy Trotter's yellow Reliant Regal

A big fan of TV's Only Fools and Horses was taken to his funeral in a replica of Del Boy Trotter's yellow Reliant Regal.

Keith Drew, from Frome, who died in May aged 76, loved the BBC sitcom and once owned his own Reliant van.

Del Boy star David Jason sent a message of condolence to the family after Mr Drew's daughter Jo contacted his agent.

Mr Jason said he was "pleased" that Mr Drew "had so many laughs enjoying the work that we did".

'Having a party'

"If the vicar is wearing a hat, tell him to keep an eye on it. I am sure your dad would appreciate that thought," he added, referring to a 1985 episode of the show based on the funeral of Del Boy's grandfather.

Jo Drew said: "We decided as a family that were going to celebrate dad's life, rather than commiserate his death, so we're having a party for him, really."

She said her father was "a massive fan" of the show and would be "chuffed to pieces" about his unique send-off.

His coffin was carried into Haycombe Crematorium in Bath to the theme from the show, Hooky Street.

The specially-designed three-wheel hearse was supplied by Fleetwood-based funeral firm Only Fools and Hearses.

It states that it offers bereaved families "a totally unique Del Boy send-off, as we know the Trotters have made us cry with laughter for over 30 years".

Image copyright Jo Drew
Image caption Mr Drew died in May
Image copyright Jo Drew
Image caption Mr Drew once owned his own Reliant van
Image caption The specially-designed hearse was supplied by Fleetwood-based funeral firm Only Fools and Hearses
Image caption The firm offers bereaved families "a totally unique Del Boy send-off"

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