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Hundreds Gather For Loved Farmer's Funeral

Tuesday September 3 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

HUNDREDS gathered for the funeral of a much-loved farmer last week.

John 'Nocker' Coles, 74, had owned Old Musgrave Farm in South Hiendley for 30 years and wife Georgina, 72, said he was known to everyone.

He died on August 11 and on Tuesday a horse-drawn carriage pulled the coffin to Felkirk Church where about 450 people paid their respects.

"He was very well known, from Lands End to Scotch Corner," Georgina said, who married her husband in 1961.

John started work as a miner at Barnsley Main and then met Georgina, who was working on the Yorkshire Traction buses.

They lived in a terraced house in Honeywell Street, later moving to Cundy Cross and then South Hiendley.

John leaves five children Beverley, Tracey, John, Claire and Gaynor as well as nine grandchildren.

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Reply Posted by chris on Friday September 6 2013 at 17:04
Wat a sad day,i only new is name by my uncle barry staff,and before barry died he always spoke about this remarkable man knocker and how much he respected him...so so sorry to his family xx

Reply Posted by elaine on Friday September 6 2013 at 17:36
I went to knockers farm a few times with my last partner stan moule he was a great bloke remember him well..... thoughts go to his family xx