Michael goes to great steam shed in the sky

The cover of the order of service at Michael Harvey's funeral
The cover of the order of service at Michael Harvey's funeral
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

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A fortnight ago I wrote about the well-known local railway author Michael Harvey, who had died.

His funeral was held at Portchester Crematorium last Monday and the turn-out was amazing.

More than 150 mourners attended and Andrew Searson, of Searson’s Family Funeral Company, gave a superb 30-minute oration on the life of the much-loved author who travelled the length and breadth of the country to see and photograph his beloved steam locomotives.

His books include Diary Of A Trainspotter, Forget The Anorak and Fratton Locomotive Depot. The books sold in their thousands.

The non-religious ceremony finished with the sound of a steam engine leaving a station and the Travelling Wilburys singing End Of The Line.

Afterwards, many retired with Michael’s family to the Hampshire Rose at Widley.

Anyone wishing to make a donation for the fight against Parkinson’s on behalf of Michael can do so through Searson’s.