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Tributes as Albion bid farewell to Les

29 August 2017

ALBION said farewell to ‘superfan’ Les James, who passed away last month, with one touching final detour to The Hawthorns.

Les’s funeral cortege turned into the East Stand car park on Tuesday as a farewell tribute from Les to the Tony ‘Bomber’ Brown statue.

The much-loved Baggies-mad Les passed away just four months short of his 92nd birthday and, after his Hawthorns stop-over, friends, family and fellow Albion supporters gathered for his service at Sandwell Crematorium.

Tributes were paid by, among others, Adrian Chiles and Albion Official Supporters’ Club chairman John Homer.

Les passed away as the Club’s oldest away season-ticket holder and a familiar figure on away days which he relished along with his trips to The Hawthorns.

Naturally, the service included The Lord’s My Shepherd - and a final rendition of The Liquidator as mourners paid their respects.

“A lovely man,” said radio broadcaster Chiles.

“Warm and kind…men of his age are supposed to be curmudgeonly, grumpy and cynical. Les was never like that. He had a wonderful spirit and zest for life.”

RIP Les - we shall all miss you greatly.


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