“What a wonderful man”

Funeral of Roger Green at St Peter's Church
Funeral of Roger Green at St Peter's Church

WISBECH said a sad farewell to one of its most prominent figureheads this afternoon (Tuesday).

The town’s St Peter’s Church was packed for the funeral of Cllr Roger Green killed a fortnight ago in a car crash on the A47.

Mourners, led by his wife Margaret, heard tributes paid to Mr Green for his long and dedicated service to the town of Wisbech.

Among those to pay tribute was Clive Frusher a former journalist and colleague, who spoke about Mr Green’s long career in journalism. He told the congregation of Mr Green’s rise from humble junior on the Wisbech Standard working under the editorship of his father Walter up through the ranks to eventually become editor himself.

He was editor of the Standard for 21 years having fulfilled the role of sports editor for 10 years.

Mr Green’s life-long association with Wisbech Town Football Club and his love of sport and football in general was outlined by John Petch, a director of the Fenmen.

Alan Melton, leader of Fenland Council, described Mr Green’s dedication as a councillor fighting for what he believed was best for Wisbech.

Mr Melton said Mr Green had become a great friend and close confident since he took on the role of leader last year.

He said Mr Green was never afraid to say what he thought and was always on hand to give sound advice.

Finally close relative Barbara Elsey spoke of Mr Green’s great sense of humour and love for his family.

She told tales of practical jokes he regularly played on his mother-in-law such as leaving things hidden in the fridge and how visitors would find wet tea bags in their shoes when it was time to ago.

Father Paul West, who led the service, said: “There was only one Roger Green, I just wish there was 100 Roger Green’s - what a wonderful man”.

The congregation was made up of people who knew Mr Green through his huge array of interests, including the town and district councils, the Round Table, the Lions, Wisbech Town Football Club, Macmillan Cancer Support to name just a few.

The coffin, which was covered in flowers and was draped with a Wisbech Town football scarf, was carried into church to ‘Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring’.

The hour-long service included two hymns: ‘Abide with Me’ and ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’. There was one reading ‘St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians’ given by Andrew McManus.

The service concluded with the coffin being carried out to Andre Bocelli/Celine Dion’s ‘The Prayer’.

The church service was followed by a cremation at Fenland Crematorium at March attended by family and close friends. A wake was then held at the new football ground in Lynn Road.