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Final farewell to blast victim

Published date: 27 January 2011 | Published by: Naumaan Farooq



Last journey . . . Michael Whinfrey's coffin arrives at Rotherham Crematorium.

FAMILY and friends made a final farewell today to waste worker Michael Whinfrey, who was killed after an explosion ripped through a Rotherham waste plant.

Dozens of mourners gathered at Rotherham Crematorium today for the father-of-three’s funeral—while waste treatment work at the Sterecycle plant in Templeborough remained on hold following the fatal blast two weeks ago.

Mr Whinfrey, a 42-year-old site operator, from Wickersley, died at Leeds General Hospital after being airlifted following the explosion, which left best friend Peter Lindon Davis (51), with serious injuries in hospital.

Mr Davis was badly burned and is still recovering..

The hearse carrying Mr Whinfrey’s body was followed by a precession of family members.

There were several floral tributes laid on top of the coffin, including one in the shape of a pint glass.

Investigations into the blast on January 11 were still taking place this week.


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Michael Whinfrey tributes.

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