Vintage car fan Peter Ebdon got a fitting send-off yesterday as his funeral cortege included a number of his beloved MG vehicles.
Peter, 69, who died last week of lung cancer, had been chairman of the MG Car Club Tyne Tees Centre for around five years
His funeral service was held at Hexham Trinity Methodist Church before the congregation, including friends in their classic cars made their way to the West Road Crematorium in Newcastle.
Peter’s friend, Barrie Hope, described Peter as a generous, warm-hearted man who worked hard in his role as chairman.
He said: “He was very sensitive to other people’s feelings and was very concerned if he felt he had upset anyone. It was his determination to do things right that made him what he was and be insistent on how things should be done.”
Another friend, John Watson, said: “My simple memories of Peter are: thoughtful, family man, helpful, traditional, and like a stick of rock, he had MG running right through him.”
Mike Rowe, Route Liaison Officer for the Motor Sports Association added: “Many people will know Peter as a jolly character and a real gentleman who resurrected the fortunes of MG Car Club Tyne Tees Centre.
“He was responsible for the organisation of three major, and very well supported, events – The Cobweb Run, The Prince Bishop Run and The Old Speckled Hen Run – which have grown in stature in recent years to become important fixtures on the classic car calendar.”
John Day, President of MG Car Club, said: “Peter was a man with strong principles and a high standard of business ethics blessed with great wisdom and a warm heart.
“This combination of attributes is rare and ensured he was a significant colleague to have on your side in any business situation.
“Peter brought common sense and ‘fair play’ to the affairs of running the MG Car Club, not just in Tyne Tees Centre but the main club as well.
“Peter’s passing has left a huge hole in many people’s lives, not least mine, as I shall miss his guidance, enthusiasm for the club and his innate good humour. Above all however I shall miss his loyalty and support in running the club.”
Peter, a grandfather and former chartered engineer, leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Lyn, daughter Helen and grandchildren Charlotte and Alex.