Police officers perform guard of honour at 101-year-old widow’s funeral after she outlived all her friends and relatives including her only son
- Police officers performed a guard of honour at the funeral of Ellen Bromley
- The 101-year-old woman, from Blackpool, outlived all her family and friends
- Officers paid their respects to the pensioner ahead of funeral service on April 21
Police officers took to the streets to perform a guard of honour at the funeral service of a 101-year-old woman so that her service would not go entirely unattended.
Members of the force paid tribute to Ellen Bromley, from Blackpool, Lancashire, who outlived all her family and friends including her only son, after she passed away on March 26.
Mrs Bromley’s carers had arranged for officers from Blackpool Police to pay their respects ahead of the funeral service on April 21 in an effort to commemorate the centenarian’s life.
Officers from Blackpool Police perform a guard of honour at the funeral of 101-year-old Ellen Bromley
Photographs later showed several officers stood along the street as Mrs Bromley’s coffin was moved into the hearse.
Carer Pauline Field, who looked after the pensioner for five years, said: ‘She was a lovely woman but she had struggled in the last few years.
‘For the last three years she has hardly ever left her flat.
‘A few years ago she was robbed and some of the community police officers would always come and check on her to see if she was OK and had any problems.’
Mrs Bromley was born and raised in Bradford, West Yorkshire, before she moved to Blackpool, Lancashire, where she worked at a laundrette.
Her only child David sadly died aged only 27 and her husband Ronald died three years ago aged 97.
Members of the force stand on the street and pay tribute to the 101-year-old woman who outlived all her family and friends
Officers stood along the street as Mrs Bromley’s coffin was moved into the hearse before the funeral service on April 21
Linda McEvilly, from care company Care & Share Blackpool, arranged for the officers to attend Mrs Bromley’s funeral.
She said: ‘It was very good of the police to come along and pay their respects to Ellen and do the guard of honour.
‘Pauline came into the shop and told us what had happened and she was very upset.
‘She had organised all the funeral but said it was just her going so I thought I would make sure that others could be in attendance as well.’
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