Community News

John Kernaghan R.I.P.

Besi Besemar September 9, 2017

The funeral of John Kernaghan, a much-loved and respected member of the Rainbow Chorus, Brighton’s LGBT community choir will take place tomorrow, Sunday, September 10 at the Woodvale Crematorium, Brighton at 10am.

The service will be followed by a memorial celebration of his life at St Georges Church, 93 St George’s Rd, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1DW at 2.30pm to which everyone is welcome to attend.

John will be the first person to make their final journey in the recently unveiled Co-Op’s Rainbow Hearse.

Laurie Cairns, his partner of nearly 35 years,  and John were proud and active members of the Rainbow Chorus, and Brighton’s LGBT+ communities and it is their wish that John and the Rainbow Hearse tour the streets, clubs and bars of our ‘gay village’ before his final departure.

If you wish to pay your respects to this special man, the Rainbow Hearse will leave Kingsway at 9.15am, drive along the seafront, past the pier, turn left by Revenge Bar then right into St James Street just before 9.30am; up St James Street and over Rock Gardens past St Mary’s Church into Old Kemptown passing St George’s Church about 9.35am; turn right past the Bristol Bar and right onto the seafront passing Legends and the Amsterdam Bar & Kitchen about 9.40am; turning right at the Brighton Pier again past Old Steine and the Royal Pavilion, passing St Peter’s Church about 9.45am; then along the Level onto Lewes Road up to the Woodvale Crematorium entrance by the Gladstone Pub for 9.50am