Fitting tribute for Josh Gifford

Josh Gifford Service Chichester Cathedral Thursday. Caroline Nunneley and Mrs Gifford. W10560h12.
Josh Gifford Service Chichester Cathedral Thursday. Caroline Nunneley and Mrs Gifford. W10560h12.

PEOPLE came from far and wide to celebrate the life of Josh Gifford, former racehorse trainer, jockey and family man, at Chichester Cathedral yesterday (Thursday March 1).

Mr Gifford died last month following a heart attack.

There could have been no more fitting testimony to the man who was widely loved and respected from different walks of life, than the presence of more than 800 people from all over the country at this moving service.

HRH Princess Anne, who once bought a horse from him, thought so highly of him that she sent a representative to the service, Mrs William Nunneley.

It was the range of people at the service which showed just how remarkable and well-loved Josh Gifford was.

They came as former schoolfriends, Findon residents, cricketers, golfers, and from the world of racing to help celebrate the life of a truly remarkable man.

Owners and former owners, jockeys, racing journalists, broadcasters, fellow trainers were included.

Fontwell Park put on a suoerb reception following the funeral, opening up one of the entertainment suites in the new grandstand, where films of Josh were played on continuous loop, and photographic displays marked his many achievements.

Jeannie Knight