Military tribute for former Marine and Lincoln pub landlord
A popular pub landlord's funeral brought Lincoln to a halt when he received a military send-off.
David Mason, 49, known as 'Brasso', died suddenly in July just 18 days after being diagnosed with advanced cancer of the oesophagus and liver.
The former Royal Marine commando had run Birchwood pub the Green Barrel for 12 years and was well-known in the community for his fundraising work in aid of local causes.
The father-of-two's impressive funeral procession on August 29 saw former Marine comrades line the streets of Lincoln in tribute to him.
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The uniformed men, who had come from all over the world to pay tribute to Mr Mason, acted as pall bearers and banner men at the service at Lincoln Crematorium, and also read out poems and eulogies.
A bugler played The Last Post before the group saluted his mother and stepfather and made their way to the wake.
Mr Mason, who was originally from Burnley in Lancashire, spent a decade in 40 Commando, serving overseas in the Falklands, Cyprus and Iceland.
He entered the pub trade after leaving the Marines in 1990, and while at the helm of the Green Barrel made the pub a focal point for charity activities.
"He would host reunions for the Royal Marines Charity Trust every year, and he also raised money for a community minibus, and supported local boxing clubs and kindergartens," said his mum Brenda Lewis, who still lives in Burnley. Mr Mason, who was divorced, leaves daughters Amberleigh, 8, and Tori, 5.
He received the devastating diagnosis in June after originally suspecting he was suffering from a hernia.
His mother said: "I was very affected by the salute, and so proud to know that so many people would do that for my son. They came from all over the world and it was such an honour.
"David was always very kind to me - I was widowed in 2000 when his father died aged 55, and he was so protective; a tower of strength. He is very close to his stepfather too and was over the moon when we married.
"We had our arguments but we always cuddled afterwards to make up - he was just a good, considerate son," she added.