Final farewell party for grandad Carl

Carl Hegarty and eldest daughter Victoria Steel.
Carl Hegarty and eldest daughter Victoria Steel.

More than 150 people from Morley and the surrounding area attended a ‘See you later’ party on Saturday for Carl Hegarty, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

After being told by the specialists at St James’s Hospital he had terminal head and neck cancer with only a few months to live, Carl decided to throw one last hurrah.

The only choice of venue for the big get-together with his friends and family, was his local Irish club, The Spinning Wheel in Dewsbury Road in Beeston.

Carl, 56, is a familiar face in Morley having been a regularly in its pubs.

He said: “It is one final farewell to all my friends and I know it might sound morbid to some but if I am going I want to see who is going to my funeral.”

His daughters Victoria and Lindsey helped organise the party. Victoria said:”I was shocked when my dad mentioned the party, I wasn’t sure what others would think about attending a farewell party. I had no need to be worried as we had a great day and evening with so many great memories to keep forever.”

The party ended with so many friends and family that the room was fit for busting and Carl’s eldest granddaughter released some balloons with her grandad as a mark of respect for her great grandfather who died suddenly earlier this year.

Victoria said: “We had a great day dancing and singing to music from star vocalist Steve Andrews and DJ Col who provided his services and equipment free of charge. Claire at Whitefox catering did a fabulous job at decorating the room and catering.”