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Traveller John's funeral fund soars

Calls for roadside memorial

A fundraising page established to pay for the funeral of Exeter gentleman traveller John Treagood has smashed its target hours after being launched.

A friend called Sasha set up the page, through which money will also go to caring for his much-loved animals: horse Misty and dogs Hale and Whiskey.

Initially, the page asked for contributions towards a target of £3,000. Within a day, more than £6,000 came in.

Details of Mr Treagood's funeral have yet to be released. He was a famous and popular figure around the fringes of Exeter, with his horse towing a vintage caravan from improvised pitch to pitch. He had faced some difficulties in recent years; his long-lived Irish guild called Gildor died, and not long after he suffered burns on his leg and spent time in hospital.

Comments have come thick and fast to Radio Exe's Facebook page, from people who knew him and many who didn't. Several have called for a plaque to be established at one of his more regular stops; possibly near the A30 Alphington/Ide junction.

Watch a short clip with him talking about a book he wrote about his philosophy on life by clicking on the image here. To contribute to the fund, click this justgiving page.

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