The funeral courtege of Mr. Noah Smith leaves Rookery Lane, Thurmaston.
2 The floral tribute - a horse and trap.
3 The coffin leaves St. Mark's Church, Leicester.
4 Mr. Noah Smith, right, in Boer War uniform.
On the 31st March 1960, the front page of the Leicester Mercury
carried the following article:
Family's last tribute a flower horse - Twelve gleaming Rolls
Royces purred out of narrow, bumpy Rookery Lane, Thurmaston, today for
the funeral of the last of the old horse dealers in the Midlands, 79
year-old Mr. Noah Smith. On the roof of the hearse was a big replica
in flowers of a horse and trap, and on another car carrying family mourners
was a chair made from flowers signifying the chair left empty by his
death. Mourners travelled from as far as 60 and 70 miles from Leicester
to attend the funeral with Mr. Smith's wife, two sons and five daughters.
Father's Business - Burial was at Belgrave Cemetery after a
service at St. Mark's Church [Leicester]. Mr. Smith aged 79, had been
a horse dealer for more than 50 years and had broken in horses for many
famous people in the Midlands. He followed his father into the business
and lived at 11, Rookery Lane.
Information and photographs courtesy of Dorothy Marshall, the grand-daughter
of Mr. Noah Smith
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