A FUNERAL filled with laughter and humour was held to honour the wishes of Gerald Long.

His children Andrew and Jacqueline were among those saying their goodbyes in a packed Yeadon Methodist Church on Friday - with a congregation more than doubling its capacity.

Aireborough Rotary Club colleague Robert Mirfield said: “It was a fitting tribute to a family man who had taken the time to be an active and enthusiastic member of fifteen community organisations.

“Andrew gave an entertaining, absorbing and all encompassing eulogy full of amusing anecdotes and little known facts.”

Tributes were also given by Bryan Stott, Carlo Harrison and the Rev Leslie Holmes.

Mr Mirfield said:”With music and theatre being an important part of Gerald’s life there were poetry readings from Jacqueline and grandchildren Chloe Stead and Sarah Long, ending with a solo rendition of Someone to watch over me from grandchild Sophie Stead accompanied on guitar by Leigh Coleman.”