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Packed Minster for funeral of Mike Nicholson

There was standing room only at Beverley Minster yesterday (February 13) for the funeral service for retired Beverley teacher Mike Nicholson.

Mr Nicholson, 70, collapsed and died during a morning service at the Minster, where he was an active and well-known member of the parish, on January 4. Since then numerous tributes have been made, including many from former pupils of Wolfreton School, where Mr Nicholson had taught.

The service began with members of the Wolfreton String Quartet performing one of his compositions, while teaching colleagues acted as pallbearers.

Mr Nicholson, who lived in Eden Road, Beverley, was also well-known as a race-walker and had the honour of carrying the Olympic Flame through Beverley’s Saturday Market in 2012.

The service ended with an eloquent blessing from the Reverend Canon Jonathan Baker, who said: “Lord, we give you thanks for Mike, and now may he embark on whatever adventure you have in store for him next.”