This page contains the full service in memory of city folk.


Time to say goodbye
Toni Nunn

The Lighting Of The Candle

Nick Burchett, Secretary, Stock Exchange Veterans
There will be photos of the old market here on the screens in Church

Reading: The ‘Dash’ – orig. by Linda Ellis

Nick Bealer, Chairman, Stock Exchange Veterans

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on his tombstone
From the beginning - to the end.

He noted that first came his date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the ‘dash’ between those years.

For that ‘dash’ represents all the time
That he spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved him
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars - the house - the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our ‘dash’.

So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special ‘dash’
Might only last a little while.

So, when my eulogy’s being read
With my life’s actions to rehash.
Would I be proud of the things they say
About how I spent my ‘dash’?