Farmer’s funeral will see coffin towed by vintage tractor through Northamptonshire village

Tony Bandey
Tony Bandey
  • Tony Bandey retired 20 years ago but his work remained special to him
  • A ‘remarkable man’, he passed away on April 10
  • Farmer’s former boss organised trailer and tractor for Mr Bandey’s funeral

A farmer for 50 years is to have his coffin towed through his home village in Northamptonshire by a tractor.

Tony Bandey, who farmed in Whiston near Cogenhoe for most of his working life, died earlier this month and his family wanted to pay a fitting tribute.

Even at the end of his life, farming was still part of him

Melanie Bandey, daughter-in-law

His former boss, Jim Pitts, has renovated an old trailer and organised for a vintage tractor to tow Mr Bandey’s coffin to the church in his home village of Cogenhoe.

The procession will take the coffin from Brafield to Cogenhoe on Thursday.

Mr Bandey’s daughter-in-law, Melanie said: “He didn’t specifically say he wanted to be taken to the church in this way but we’re certain he would have loved the idea.

“Towards the end, when he was on morphine he would imagine he’d done things and he’d always talk about farming, things like changing a tractor wheel.

“It was obvious to everyone it was still part of him even though he’d been retired a good while.”

Mr Bandey, who was also a cub scout leader in Cogenhoe, retired aged 65 after a framing accident.

He died aged 84 on April 10.