A coffin on wheels and Jake Manglewurzel’s strange funeral in photos

Huddersfield’s self-styled ‘King of the Eccentrics’ Jake Manglewurzel, 83, was laid to rest today. And like Joker Jake himself, his final journey from a Milnsbridge funeral home to his grave at his home in Peat Ponds, Salendine Nook, was anything but bog standard. Jake, born John Gray in 1938, became a Huddersfield personality known for his madcap inventions, sculptures and cars adorned with items including a toilet and a bath on the roof.

: ‘He knighted my dad’s coffin with a samurai sword’: Your memories of Jake Manglewurzel His stunts and disregard for conformity and authority led to scrapes with the law and Kirklees Council. But they also spawned a feature-length documentary about the relatively conventional first half – and the highly unconventional second half – of his life.

Jake’s coffin, decorated with balloons and fitted with wheels, was taken on the back of a pickup truck to some of his favourite haunts before his final journey home. Mourners then gathered outside his home where he was interred. Photos by Gerard Binks

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