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Womad festival gate renamed in honour of Falmouth digger driver Colin Richards

By WBCraig  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

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Colin Richards' coffin arriving at the crematorium in a digger

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More than 300 people attended the funeral of a Falmouth man whose name will be remembered by revellers at an international music festival after a gate was renamed in his honour.

The coffin of 54-year-old Colin Richards, who died two weeks ago, was carried to Penmount Crematorium in Truro in a digger.

The body of the digger driver, who also worked as a festival security guard, was then carried down a ‘conveyor belt’ of 70 men – standing shoulder to shoulder in two lines – into the crematorium building.

“I just couldn’t chose six men so I asked all the men to carry him in,” said Wendy Tarlarini, Mr Richards’ partner of 21 years. “They were all there to say goodbye to him.”

Among the well-wishers was a representative of the Womad festival – World Of Music, Arts and Dance – where Mr Richards used to work as a security guard with Ms Tarlarini.

He told the family that, to honour their long-standing colleague, festival organisers had decided to rename a gate in his honour – the Green Gate will now be named as Colin Green Gate.

Representatives from Glastonbury also attended the funeral and passed on their best wishes to the family.

All the 300-plus guests at the funeral service attended the wake at the Penryn Bough Lodge.

“He would not have wanted as much as we made of him because he was a humble man, but he deserved it,” said Ms Tarlarini.

“There were a lot of people to give him a good send off. It was a very emotional day. I would like to thank everyone who came and for their wishes.”

Last week, hundreds of people paid their respects to the family of Mr Richards, who helped to build the Eden Project.

The 54 year-old was well-loved throughout Cornwall and the UK for his generous nature and larger than life personality.

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