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Goodbye Jim

15th February 2017

Today one of the most well-known characters in Lynn was remembered at King's Lynn Minster ahead of his private burial.  I am actually a little ashamed to say I like the majority in this town never so much as said "Hello" to him, despite passing by each and every day for the past 18 years.   He was known to all but only handful really knew him.  

Along with 200 hundred others I gathered in town for the procession to the Minster in Lynn, some in their Santa hats just as Jim was famous for wearing ahead of his service.


There was something special about that moment because as we began the short walk along the High Street the sun began to shine, as if to say the light's on you Jim.  It's the light he wanted to be in, Jim was an entertainer, and it was his reason for living.  If you ever saw him out in the cold, wind, rain or shine his juggling wasn't random, the guitar playing even without strings was part of a performance, a well structured, well planned routine.

The funeral began rather fittingly with The Entertainer playing as everyone entered the Minster followed by a number of stories about his life, hymns, prayers and everything you'd expect.  It finished with the hymn Lord of the Dance and his departing music, a song from the 70's by Leo Sayer entitled One Man Band, it brought a tear to my eye and most of those gathered.  The service was a fitting tribute to man who as far as King's Lynn is concerned will probably never be forgotten.

People from all walks of life attended the service from the person who gave him soup twice a week, his neighbour, the leader of the council, distant relatives and other street performers all of whom had stories to tell about him.

Jim at one point left Norfolk in the chase of fame and fortune in London and became part of a double act at one point.  He also had stints at holiday camps and even workled for a local mobile disco company DJ'ing at weddings & party’s where he became known as "Tony the Hat" because he would change his hat many times during his four hour party set each week.

Goodbye Anthony



Posted by Simon Rowe at 2:31pm

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