MORE than 100 people packed Pleasington Crematorium Chapel yesterday to celebrate the life of one of the last British prisoners of war to survive working on the infamous ‘Burma Railway’.

Alf Davey, from Snaefell Drive in Higher Croft died aged 97 last month having spent the last 70 years of his life in Blackburn after marrying his wartime sweetheart Elsie.

Relatives of the Suffolk-born Mr Davey came up from the South of England for the event also attended by Patrick Budds from the Comrades Association of his old regiment the 4th Battalion of the Royal Norfolks.

Mr Davey’s daughter Jennifer said the event, which ended at The Fernhurst Hotel opposite Ewood Park where the keen Blackburn Rovers fan spent many match days was ‘a wonderful send off for dad.”

The father of two spent three and a half years in Japanese captivity, most of it as forced labour on the 258 mile long railway line from Burma to Thailand through near impossible terrain.

Representatives of the Royal British Legion also attended.