funeral of Michael Park took place
on Thursday 6th October at the Church of St. Bartholomew,
Much Marcle. Michael, or "Beef" as he was affectionately
was sadly, fatally injured in a competitive accident during
the British round of the World Rally Championships held
in Wales on Sunday 19th September. Michael
was co-driver to one of the leading drivers in the championship
and was paired with the Estonian driver Markko Martin,
as part of the Peugeot 307 WRC team. The WRC mirrors Formula
1 in it's tour of the world, with sixteen rallies held
across all five continents during the season. Michael
had risen through the ranks to compete at the very highest
level of the sport and many of his fellow sportsmen came
to pay their final respects, along with several hundred
Rev Howard Mayell, Team Vicar at Ledbury Team Ministry
led the funeral service during which he read a moving
letter by Michael's daughter Victoria, written to her
father on the evening of the day he died. Tributes were
paid to Michael by three close friends and colleagues,
Robert Reid, Nicky Grist and Paul Turner, who told of
Michael's love of life, living it to the full; his terrific
sense of humour, his deep love for his family and his
commitment to his chosen sport. Prime Minister of Estonia,
Mr. Andrus Ansip said of Michael: "He was a man well
known and respected throughout the Estonian Nation. He
helped to bring our country honour and recognition."
will be sadly missed.
My Never Ending Daddy"
can never get over it, and you will; and will for ever
be the best ever dad and co-driver in the world that any
girl could have: so I would like you to take lovely thoughts
of rallying to heaven with you, and to not think of the
crash. Everyone is so worried about you, even though people
say you are dead, you will always be my dad who is alive
with all your might.
Park, aged 10.