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Over a dozen horse drawn carriages form part of funeral cortege for much-loved scrap metal merchant and horse trader

PUBLISHED: 17:57 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:08 28 November 2017

Hundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Hundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Great Yarmouth stopped to pay its respects for a much-loved scrap metal merchant and horse trader as the funeral service was held for Michael “Mike” Docwra.

Hundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth.
Picture: Nick ButcherHundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth. Picture: Nick Butcher

A procession of over a dozen horse-drawn carriages and vintage trucks made its way from the Docwra family scrapyard near Gapton Hall to St Nicholas Minster.

A service was held at Great Yarmouth Minster on Monday for Mr Docwra who died aged 71 after a long illness.

MORE: ‘Once met and never forgotten’- tributes paid to Yarmouth scrap metal merchant

Family and friends travelled from far and wide to pay their final respects to Mr Docwra who was described as “a kind, loving, family man.”

One of the red vintage pick-up trucks was filled to the brim with floral tributes including the words ‘Dad’ and ‘Grandad’ in large white letters.

Hundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth.
Picture: Nick ButcherHundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth. Picture: Nick Butcher

He was known for as a “grafter” and was described by his family as “the kind of man who was once met and never forgotten, who treated everyone fairly without a bad word to say about anyone.”

Michael Docwra pictured a year before he died. Photo: Leon DocwraMichael Docwra pictured a year before he died. Photo: Leon Docwra

Hundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth.
Picture: Nick ButcherHundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth. Picture: Nick Butcher

Hundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth.
Picture: Nick ButcherHundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth. Picture: Nick Butcher

Hundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth.
Picture: Nick ButcherHundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth. Picture: Nick Butcher

Hundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth.
Picture: Nick ButcherHundreds of people gather for the funeral of Mike Docwra at St Nicholas Minster, Yarmouth. Picture: Nick Butcher

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