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Last updated: Fri 9 May 2014

Viking ceremony for Jenny

Friends of Nunney-resident Jenny Rawlings, who died in December, have held a Viking boat burial ceremony in her memory.

Jenny RawlingsJenny Rawlings lived in the Market Place and retired as head of pre-prep at the Paragon School in Bath 5 years ago.

She was a member of the Nunney Community Association and a familiar face in Nunney Players productions.

Her lifeling ambition was to have a Viking boat burial.

On the eve of what would have been Jenny’s Rawlings’ 70th birthday (Monday 12 May), a group of friends from the village therefore gathered at the duck flats opposite Nunney Church.

At the last light of day they released half a dozen paper boats, folded from photos of Jenny. In each boat they placed a tea light.

They then raised a glass in Jenny’s memory before returning to The George at Nunney for a party.

As ceremonies go it may not have been quite on the scale of Viking chieftains, but it was a poignant symbolic gesture for a much-loved friend.

The organisers ensured that all debris was retrieved from the Nunney Brook before their departure, out of consideration for local wildlife.

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Viking boat burial

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