The funeral was held at St Helenís Parish Church on 12th April for the late Alf Illidge of Northwich who died on March 31st aged 74 years. Alf was the eldest son of the late Mr & Mrs A Illidge and attended Rudheath School. After leaving school he worked for a small bakery in Davenham until joining the army, serving in Malaya and Germany. He boxed for his regiment, the Coldstream Guards, and became Colour Sergeant. He was chosen to stand guard whilst the late King lay in state, which was a great honour. After serving for five years he left the army and went to work at I.C.I. Winnington, where he became a foreman. Alf was awarded a medal for bravery, for saving a young lady from the canal. Alf enjoyed sea fishing; sharing his catch with friends and relations and gardening; especially growing vegetables which he also shared. He liked to watch wildlife programmes on T.V. and loved all animals. He liked a game of bingo and played dominoes for Rudheath Social Club where he enjoyed socialising with his friends. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Alf is survived by his wife Eileen, daughters Ann & Lynne, grandchildren and a great grandchild. The service was held at St Helenís Parish Church, Northwich followed by interment at Northwich Cemetery, conducted by Rev Paul Dawson. As well as family floral tributes, donations were received for the British Heart Foundation. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service, Greenacre Funeral Home, Northwich.