A funeral in London's East End.
A black funeral hearse drawn by black horses is traditional, though not the norm, in London's East End and now it seems that white is becoming popular. I came to the cemetery to take some seasonal photos and when I saw a man dressed in traditional costume I realised that this could be my first opportunity to take photos of one of these iconic Eastenders funerals. As it turned out, the man was responsible for the horses and he was waiting for the funeral cortege to arrive.
I tried to be discreet and on the whole I think I succeeded, though I didn't quite manage to avoid notice. I hope nobody involved thought I was too intrusive and if anyone sees my photos I hope they won't be offended. The chapel was full and people were spilling out past the porch. Strains of superb gospel singing could also be heard so it was, on all counts, "a good send-off".
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