'Where do they all come from?' Poet launches project to provide a farewell at 'lonely funerals'

A poet who has been writing short ‘otwituaries’ on social media when someone famous dies has turned his attention to composing poems to be read for those people who would otherwise have no one at their funerals. Andy Jackson is piloting a project in Dundee that aims to give a personal farewell to people at ‘lonely funerals’. The initiative is a reminder of the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby and its words: "All the lonely people, w...

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