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Church packed for Falklands War veteran's funeral

Church packed for Falklands War veteran's funeral

Simon Meechan

Church packed for Falklands War veteran's funeral

Nearly 1,000 mourners attended the Windsor funeral of a war veteran who died after a Remembrance Day parade.

Archie's coffin was played out by a military pipe-band

 

Scotsman Archie Beaty suffered a fatal heart attack outside the Royal British Legion in Marlow at noon on Sunday, November 10, after playing the drums in the memorial parade that morning.

The 56-year-old, who lived in Windsor, served 15 years with the Scots Guards and became a sergeant.

The 2nd Battalion Scots Guards Association Pipe Band played in tribute as the Falklands War veteran's coffin was carried into Windsor Parish Church on Friday, November 29.

Family and friends read messages at the service. Soloist Hector Gilchrist sang Flower of Scotland in memory of Bonnybridge-born Archie.

After serving Scots Guard Rab Harris played the Last Post, the pipe band lined church steps as Archie's coffin was brought out.

His wife Diane explained that passing tourists applauded as he was carried into the hearse.

She said: "He had planned his celebration and would of liked a 'Jools Holland Hootenanny'. He wanted people to go away saying 'that was bloody brilliant Arch, another good do'.

"This was achieved and more."

The couple, from Carey Close, had fostered more than 50 children over 22 years and were recognised for their services with an invitation to the Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace last year.


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