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Hundreds expected to attend prominent gypsy’s funeral

David Keet

David Keet

Hundreds of people are expected at the funeral of a prominent Vale gypsy on Friday.

A service in memory of David Keet will take place at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Dinton on Friday.

The congregation will procede on foot from Mr Keet’s home in New Road, Dinton to the church before the service.

A horse-drawn carriage will also accompany the funeral party as they drive to Aylesbury’ Tring Road Cemetery for the burial.

Mr Keet, 73, who died of stomach cancer, was born in West Sussex.

He moved to Bishopstone in 1994, and then Dinton in 2008.

David’s grandson Michael Wells, 29, from Bedgrove said: “He was well known within the gypsy community locally and I hope the service will be a fitting tribute to him.

“We are expecting about 300 people at the service, and some will be travelling from as far as Sussex and Hampshire to attend.”

David leaves behind his wife Ivy, daughter, also named Ivy, two sons, Christopher and David, 10 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Before the service, his body will brought home in an open casket to allow close family to pay tributes.

The congregation is expected to leave David’s home on New Road at 11am to procede to the church.

 

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