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Jack Richards' lorry funeral procession in Fakenham

Jack Richards' coffin on lorry, Fakeham
Image caption There was applause as Jack Richards' coffin was carried through the streets of Fakenham

The coffin of a man who founded a multi-million pound transport company has been driven through the streets of a Norfolk town on a vintage lorry.

Jack Richards, 90, founded the company of the same name in 1956, with one lorry and built it up to a fleet of more than 200 vehicles.

His coffin was driven through Fakenham, where his company has been based since 1971.

Tributes were paid to "an exceptional man" who "started with nothing".

Image caption Jack Richards & Son employs more than 200 people, some of whom lined up outside its Fakenham base
Image caption The company was founded in Haddenham, Cambridgeshire and moved to Fakenham in 1971

Staff said Mr Richards remained "very hands-on in the company" and enjoyed "doing little jobs" until his death.

His coffin was transported on a vintage vehicle in his company livery and six other Jack Richards & Sons' lorries followed behind.

It was driven by David Sayer, who has worked for the firm for 35 years and said he had "respect and admiration" for Mr Richards who "had started with nothing".

People lined the streets of Fakeham and applauded as the procession went through the town.

Mr Richards' funeral took place in King's Lynn.

Image caption The vintage lorry led a procession of six vehicles, part of Mr Richards' collection

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