Hundreds expected to line streets for former pub landlord's funeral procession

Peter Russell died on February 9 at his house in Kettering Road.
Peter Russell died on February 9 at his house in Kettering Road.
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Funeral plans for a former pub landlord from Northampton who was "loved by everyone" have been announced.

Tributes have poured in from friends and customers of Peter Russell, who died peacefully at his home in Kettering Road on February 9, aged 74.

His family have invited the Northampton public to his funeral next month and hundreds of people are expected to attend.

ince his passing, his family has received more than 500 cards from generations of people served by Mr Russell at his pub.

Plans have been made to lead Mr Russell’s procession along Wellingborough Road and past his former pub.

He was the landlord of the Crown & Cushion for 26 years with his wife, Marlene.

Mr Russell with the "crown and cushion."

Mr Russell with the "crown and cushion."

The family said in a statement: “Marlene, Stuart, Charlotte and all their families would like to say thank you to everyone for their sincere and heartfelt condolences.

“They have been overwhelmed by the support from family and all friends far and wide. It’s been so wonderful,” the statement added.

Mr Russell’s funeral is on March 10 and begins at St Matthew’s Church, in The Drive, Kingsley, at 1.30pm.

At 3pm, the funeral will make its way down Wellingborough Road, starting at Thackery’s shop and passing by his former pub, the Crown & Cushion.

Mr Russell was the landlord of the Crown and Cushion for 26 years with his wife, Marlene.

Mr Russell was the landlord of the Crown and Cushion for 26 years with his wife, Marlene.

Northampton’s public are invited to the St Matthew’s Church ceremony and also to line the streets as the funeral procession passes the Crown & Cushion for the last time

The family also invites mourners to share their memories at the Monk Parks WMC in Wellingborough Road after the service.

A private family cremation is at 3.30pm at the Counties Crematorium, Milton Malsor.

Mr Russell’s family ask that any donations are made to Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Dreams Come True charity by care of the Kevin Matthews Funeral Home, Balmoral Road.

Mr Russell took over the Crown & Cushion in 1985. At times, he and his wife pulled 1,000 pints a day.