Daily Star-mad brickie laid to rest with copy of his favourite paper
A Daily Star-mad brickie's family laid him to rest with a copy of his favourite paper.
John Molloy’s loved ones also placed his snooker cue, beloved betting slips and Del Boy slippers in his casket.
At least 200 mourners packed the Heart of England Crematorium in Nuneaton, Warks, to see the grandad-of-eight’s coffin arrive draped in a Betfred flag after he died aged 64 from a heart attack.
His farewell music was Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler.
John’s daughter Danielle said about his hard graft and love of a flutter: “The bricklayers used to call him the best at his job in Coventry because he could keep three of them supplied with bricks.
“Virtually every day he would be at Betfred’s and was in the shop at 6pm eight hours before his sudden death.
“He would study form but sometimes pick a horse because the name reminded him of one of his grandchildren.
“He was never a big gambler putting on £5 or less with £10 a big bet for my dad.
“He’s been a Betfred customer for more than 45 years and has had some big wins, although not life changing amounts.
“One time he won he strapped the notes to his leg so my mum wouldn’t find out.”
The story comes days after Daily Star was given our very own art exhibition.
Art buffs turned out in their droves to one of Britain’s trendiest venues where they marvelled at the paper's iconic front pages throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Art technician Adam Sheeran, 28, said: "This stuff wouldn’t look out of place in The Tate.
"It’s remarkable to think each one was started and finished on the same day from concept to cover.
"Picasso doesn’t hold a copyright on masterpieces. These are modern treasures."
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