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Final journey of Lancaster legend will make emotional stop at home of his famous burger van

Bill Flynn inside his iconic burger van on Cheapside in Lancaster city centre

A true Lancaster legend will make a final emotional journey past the home of his famous burger van.

The funeral cortege for William 'Bill' Flynn will pass through Lancaster city centre via Cheapside, allowing friends and customers to pay their respects.

Many tributes have been paid to the man who was affectionately known as 'Burger Bill', after his death aged 65.

People came from far and wide to buy his burgers, the aroma of his food on Cheapside was a staple of many a shopping day for visitors to the city centre, and Bill always made time to chat to his customers.

Andrew Reilly, a friend of Bill's, said: "I first got to know Bill in the mid 2000s when I was starting a catering trailer.

"He gave me loads of advice and suppliers' contacts. Since then we've always spent time chatting.

"When his dear wife Michele passed it hit him and the family very hard.

"To say Bill was a part of the fixtures and fittings of Lancaster is an understatement."

Phil Martin said Bill was "an icon of Lancaster who will never be forgotten".

"Our city won't be the same without you, (he was) a family friend of my father's.

"I had my first burger at around four years old, and kept coming back because they were just simply that good."

Further tributes to Bill have been paid on the Lancaster Past and Present Facebook page.

One said: "I remember, 24 years ago, speed walking on my lunch from Our Lady's, just to get a burger from Bill, and make it back on time.

"And having one just a few months ago, they still tasted as good.

"RIP Burger Bill."

Another said: "I remember when my dad got me my first burger off Bill.

"Bill's Burgers is literally the reason why I eat onions as well. You will be sorely missed Bill, you are a Lancaster legend and will live forever in everyone's memories and hearts."

Bill, who was born and raised in Ireland, moved first to Blackpool and then worked for his father-in-law's butcher's in Lancaster and also at the family restaurant 'A Taste of Scotland', before running his own burger business for 35 years.

Bill enjoyed playing traditional Irish music on his array of instruments and was a regular on Tuesday nights at the Gregson Centre in Lancaster.

He was also known for his charity work and for being dedicated to the local community.

Pictured below, Lancaster City Council staff present flowers after the burger van donated food to the White Lund depot teams in 2021.

The much-loved husband of the late Michele, father of Sean and Stephen, grandfather of Laila and Logan, father-in-law of Catherine and Diana and son-in-law of Joyce, Bill passed away in the Royal Lancaster Infirmary on May 1.

The cortege will drive through Lancaster on Friday, May 24 at around 9.30am, stopping at Cheapside near his burger spot one last time.

The funeral will then be held at St Mary & St Michael's RC Church in Garstang at 10.30am.

Family flowers only, donations can be given in memory of Bill to St John's Hospice, care of Greg Hodgkinson Independent Funeral Director in Garstang.

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