Guard of honour for firefighter

HUNDREDS of people turned out to bid farewell to a firefighter who died after a long battle with cancer.

Mourners formed a guard of honour on the streets of Clay Cross as Norman Hinchley’s coffin was carried on an aerial ladder platform before his cremation last Friday.

Born in Clay Cross and a lifelong resident of the area, Mr Hinchley – who died at Weston Park Hospital aged 64 – was a self-employed driving instructor for 33 years, a retained station officer at Derbyshire Fire and rescue Service for 28 years and a driving instructor for South Yorkshire Fire Service.

Mr Hinchley’s son, Simon, said: “He was a very hardworking and a very lovely person towards his family.”

Mr Hinchley leaves widow Margaret, sons Simon, Nick and Andy, daughters-in-law Nikki, Amanda and Kim and grandchildren Jenna, Chelsea, Kieron, Cameron and Hollie.