Hundreds say goodbye to popular Medway landlord Nick Tunstill
Much-loved Medway publican Nick
Tunstill was never likely to leave this world quietly.
As a congregation stood in
momentary silence, they suddenly heard the sound of his beloved
motorbike roar into life and accelerate into the distance to the
strains of Buddy Holly singing Not Fade Away.
Nick, who spent all his working
life behind the bars of pubs and clubs across the Medway Towns, had
meticulously planned his own send-off after being diagnosed with
And he made sure it was one to
remember for the friends and family that crammed into Bobbing’s
Garden of England crematorium on Friday.
Floral displays included
some of Nick's catchphrases
After the ceremony attended by
licensees and biking friends who travelled from all over the
country to join his many friends and family, guests were invited to
Rochester Cathedral to light candles in his memory.
Born and bred in Rochester, Nick’s
sparkling personality bought a unique atmosphere to a long list of
hostelries over more than 40 years.
Among those were Strood and
Frindsbury Working Men’s Club, the Horseshoe and Castle in Cooling,
Brompton Conservative Club and Borstal Officers’ Club. But he was
perhaps best known for the years he spent at The Crown, near
Rochester Bridge, which he renamed the Norman Conquest.
His final pub was the Cooper’s Arms
in St Margaret’s Street - a job he was embarking on when illness
Full tribute and more pictures in the Medway
Messenger this Friday.
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