Sun reader has paper's masthead carved on grave

The Sun today reports on a reader who was such a fan of the paper that he had its masthead carved on the side of his grave.

And the family of former rag and bone man Jimmy Pickett, 72, apparently make sure he never misses an edition by taking a copy to his grave in Chelmsford cemetery, Essex, every day.

His granddaughter MaryLou said that The Sun was ‘the first thing he went out to get every morning and he’d spend the rest of the day telling us about what he’d read.

“The tomb carving was our way of remembering him. And we take the paper to his grave every day, just as he would have wanted.”

Pickett bought his first Sun in November 1969 when the paper launched in its current tabloid format.

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