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From Gary Brooker's funeral, 23 March 2022

Order of Service: scanned pages

Front cover: the schoolboy Brooker

Page 2: Gary in 1967 stage clothes designed by The Fool

Page 3

Page 4:  a recording of Gary's father playing Hawaiian guitar; the Celebrant's welcome; tributes by two of Gary's four nephlings
(one given on behalf of his sister, Angela); three talks, on GB's charity work, shooting and fishing respectively;
and a photograph of Gary, The Angler, tying flies

Page 5: the final track from 2017's Novum album, played and sung on record by Gary, who also wrote words and music

Page 6: the four current Procol musicians took the stand; Geoff W spoke one tribute, and Josh another;
Roland and Jens, who run 'Beyond the Pale', gave an account of the mutual respect between Gary and his worldwide fanbase;
The Committal was verbal, but the flower-strewn coffin remained in the room;
Messrs Clapton, Fairweather Low and Stainton performed Smile (by Charlie Chaplin), Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton),
and Will the Circle be Unbroken? (Carter family version). EC sang the first two, and played acoustic rhythm guitar;
AFL sang the third (helped by the congregation), and played acoustic lead guitar; CS played digital piano.
Ray Charles was playing as we left the chapel.

Page 7: recent photograph of Gary at the piano

Page 8: Franky and Gary, and the link to click to make your donation to Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care

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