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Police prepare for Sir Norman's funeral

Police are asking people who attend Sir Norman Wisdom's funeral on Friday to think about where they park their cars.

It's expected to attract a lot of attention and officers from the Roads Policing Unit say they are aiming to keep disruption to a minimum.

It's hoped additional parking can be provided at the war memorial on the promenade, although there will be a very limited number of extra spaces.

The funeral cortege will travel down Summerhill and along the promenade, then up to Finch Hill and across to Hill Street.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area of St George's Church, where the service will be held, and there will be traffic wardens on duty to ease congestion. Officers say there may well be some disruption to the traffic around the area between 1.25pm and 2pm and motorists are asked to be patient.

After the service, family and invited guests will be attending a private function at the Sefton Hotel, where Sir Norman's Bar will be open for members of the public and a book of condolence will be available for signing.

Police suggest the best areas for paying respects as the cortege passes are along the promenade from the base of Summerhill to Greensill's corner by the Sefton Hotel, and at the corner itself.

Motorists are also being asked to slow down as the cortege passes, and not to overtake it.





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