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27th Nov, 2021

Star Wars comes to Redditch for singing Brenda's final journey

Ross Crawford 19th Oct, 2021 Updated: 19th Oct, 2021

STAR Wars came to Redditch today for the funeral of flamboyant Astwood Bank resident Brenda Morris.

The former chemistry teacher, who passed away aged 78, had hoped to leave her body to science.

However when she discovered that wasn’t possible the larger than life character – who made a bold attempt at national stardom by appearing on the X-Factor in 2010 – opted instead for something a bit more out of this world.

“She decided when the time came that she wanted us to dress up as Star Wars characters,” said Mark Thomas of funeral directors Thomas Brothers.

“I personally knew Brenda. She had such a huge personality and was a big part of the community in Astwood Bank.

“We bought the costumes through the internet and did a dress rehearsal so we got everything right,” added Mark, who took the part of Darth Vader.

“I know it may sound strange, but I watched some clips of Darth Vader just to make sure I got everything right.

“The lads stood around the coffin dressed as stormtroopers while I was by the celebrant.

“It was quite a spectacle.”

And that wasn’t all, as the Redditch grandmother didn’t fancy the traditional slow funeral procession.

“She wanted to go fast down the highway to the crematorium, and although we stuck to the speed limit we were there in about two minutes,” added Mark.

The local community turned out too, despite efforts to keep the funeral under wraps, with more than 100 people attending to say a last farewell to the singing grandmother of Astwood Bank, Brenda Morris.


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