followed on behind as Bobby held the door so that Maggie and Martine could get in then Steve and himself.
The hearse pulled slowly away and turned at Billy mill to the road that would lead them to the main entrance at Preston Cemetery.
Bobby said hello to Judith in the car and introduced her to Martine.’
They exchanged pleasantries as the car turned up towards the main gates and drove up the short narrow stretch of road then turned at the round about to the left where around a hundred people bowed their heads as the hearse went past.
The main car stopped outside and then his mother and his Aunt and Uncle waited until Judith and the others all got out of the second car. Bobby came face to face with his mother who looked dreadful. He hadn’t realised how ill she was. She looked at him and gave him a smile. Bobby walked towards her and her to him and he threw his arms around her she wept on his shoulder. Bobby, Bobby, I’m sorry she kept on saying as they clung to each other and all the hatred, all the bitterness between them was gone in that single moment. Maggie looked on and she smiled as her brother was now reconciled with his mother and she could now move on with her life.
Bobby waited until his fathers coffin was taken into church then walked with his mother inside the chapel and stood along side his mother and Martine, His sister stood next to Martine and then his Aunt and Uncle Judith Stood next to them. As Sylvia Wilkinson welcomed everyone not everyone could get inside the chapel but they had a microphone rigged up so that the people outside could hear the service.
Andrew, Robert Wray was not really a religious man but he certainly was a spiritual one. He lived his life through his country music which said everything about the man that he was. Andy as everyone knew him better by was hard working and a loving father. Even though he might not have shown it; he was also a loving dad to his two children Maggie and Bobby. In those days pregnancy outside of wedlock was shunned upon and Andy found himself a father to be at only eighteen years of age. He married Young Lizzy Storey knowing that they weren’t in love but it was the right thing to do at that time.
They both tried desperately to make a go of the marriage for the sake of baby Maggie and when Bobby came along later they both knew the relationship could not last. The relationship ended and Andy found love and happiness with Judith Corbin whom he married in 1976.’ Andy still remained friends with Lizzy and she and Judith Corbin became good friends. Andy liked the simple things in life; he liked a pint and a packet of Woodbine cigarettes and of course his country music. He spent a lot of money that he earned on records and he bought them from all over the world. He would play his records constantly throughout the day very loudly until Judith said enough was enough and bought him a pair of earphones so he could listen to his music until his heart was content. His neighbour Mrs Agnes Lee actually came down and knocked on his door to ask if his record player had broken because she couldn’t hear his records anymore.
I think half of the street was converted into country music fans.’
Andy liked his allotment and his garden at home and it was there that he suffered a massive heart attack that ended his short be eventful life.’
Andy will not only be remembered for his cheeky smile but for the way he was always there to lend a helping hand of fix something that had broken.
Sit back and listen as we play Andy’s favourite song by Hank Williams called “Hey Good Lookin’ I hope that this will bring back some nice memories of Andy that you can treasure.