The Rolling Stones needed to miss the funeral of Charlie Watts in Devon final week due to Covid restrictions.
The legendary drummer died final month on the age of 80, and a small non-public ceremony was held in Devon final week.
Nonetheless, Charlie’s bandmates, together with Sir Mick Jagger, could not attend the funeral and stayed within the US, the place they’re rehearsing for an upcoming tour.
Covid restrictions meant Sir Mick, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wooden have been pressured to remain in Boston, The Sun reviews.
A supply informed the paper the band will as an alternative pay tribute to Charlie throughout their upcoming exhibits and a celebration of his life is deliberate within the UK later this yr.
Charlie lived together with his spouse Shirley Ann Shepherd at Halsdon Manor, close to Dolton, in North Devon, the place they ran the Halsdon Arabians stud farm.
Local residents of Dolton paid tribute to Charlie following his loss of life.
As proprietor of Halsdon Manor, a 600-acre sixteenth-century property, famed for Polish Arab thoroughbreds and run by his spouse Shirley, Mr Watts was Dolton’s most well-known resident.
A preferred although hardly ever seen presence in the local people, by donating to native fundraising causes, the Watts’ have been recognized with affection.
Final month marked the tenth anniversary of Charlie making a shock exhibiting to assist to re-open the village corridor.
Susan Jury, who was a Dolton Parish councillor on the time and remains to be chair of Dalton Village Corridor, fondly remembers the day with the ‘beautiful’ couple.
Though as prime donor solely Shirley Watts had been invited as VIP visitor, husband Charlie got here alongside as assist act and drummed up extra publicity.
“We had a bonus!” remembers Susan, to the Native Democracy Reporting Service.. “They have been the final to go away the corridor on that day.”
However this hadn’t at all times been Mr Watts’ intention. In line with Susan, the star had a automobile standing by exterior as a result of the cricket was on TV again on the manor. He’d determined that “if he wasn’t having fun with himself he was going house,” Susan remembers.
He clearly obtained some satisfaction, staying on to speak to villagers.