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Private funeral for Bob Crow takes place today

Bob Crow, who was general secretary of the RMT union, died aged 52 earlier this month (Picture: Nick Ansell/PA) Bob Crow, who was general secretary of the RMT union, died aged 52 earlier this month (Picture: Nick Ansell/PA)

Monday, March 24, 2014
7:49 AM

The funeral of union boss Bob Crow will take place today at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium in Manor Park, east London.

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The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said Mr Crow’s family have asked for the funeral to be private - but trade unionists, friends and colleagues of Mr Crow, are be invited to line the route of the funeral procession.

The procession will include trade union banners and flags and will end at the cemetery gates.

Mick Cash, the RMT’s senior assistant general secretary, said Mr Crow’s death earlier this month at the age of 52 had rocked the trade union movement, both in this country and around the world.

“The thousands of messages of condolence from every part of the globe are a testament to the courage, leadership and strength that Bob shared with so many people.

“Whilst Bob Crow’s funeral itself will be a strictly private affair, his friends and family recognise that many people will want to show their solidarity, respect and support, both on the day itself and on May Day. These arrangements give everyone a chance to play their part.”

The annual May Day march in London will also be dedicated to the late workers’ champion – and the RMT has said it hopes for a huge turnout at the event.

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