Twickenham residents turned out yesterday to see a local legend and ferry owner make his final voyage, in a procession down Church Street to his funeral.

'Captain' Francis Spencer of Hammertons Ferry sadly passed away on November 29, aged 74, after battling cancer.

Half of the father-son team behind the ferry service, Francis was well known for his upbeat personality, kindness and consideration.

His funeral procession passed down Church Street on Tuesday, January 5 between 9.15-9.30am.

Onlookers lined the streets towards St Mary’s church to pay their respects.

The funeral was only attended by the family, however, the hearse stopped outside the church where the rites were read out.

Thames water, instead of holy water, was used for the blessing.

In a tweet the family thanked the “wonderful Richmond and Twickenham community”. They said:

“Today was a day of heartache for our family but with your support this morning it brought us contentment and comfort in our hour of need.

“It filled our hearts to know our dad was so loved not just by us but by so many of you.

“The river community is our life and what an amazing community you are. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this day so memorable. ‘

“To our dad - The Ferryman.”