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Body of Alan 'Bundy' Clare returns to Warrington
11:04am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
THE body of Alan ‘Bundy’ Clare has been returned home to Warrington.
Money raised by the town paid for his repatriation after a fatal fall from a 14th storey balcony in Spain.
Friends say the body was flown back on Tuesday night.
It is not yet known when Mr Clare, aged 34, of Cabul Close, Orford, will be laid to rest.
More than £22,000 has been donated in just over a week by friends, community groups and residents.
The fundraising was started by Bank Quay Bulls rugby league club, where Mr Clare played for 15 years.
John Barry, chairman, said money left over will pay for the funeral, help support community projects, and go to charity in tribute to Bundy.
He said: “The most important thing is for how the money is used to be transparent.
“Now it is time to let his family grieve but in the coming weeks we will make it clear where the money is going.
“We want it to go to good causes.”
Meanwhile, a minute’s applause in honour of Mr Clare was heard during Warrington Wolves play-off match with Leeds Rhinos at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday.
Club officials were contacted by Mr Barry, and many of the former Cardinal Newman High School pupil’s friends.
“It was a tribute to Bundy but also to the community for all the money that was raised,” said Mr Barry.
“He was a character and never quit, so we thought applause would be more appropriate than a minute’s silence.
“The applause was spine-tingling and it was emotional just being there.”
Emma Foster, landlady at Bank Quay Club, said other fundraisers over the weekend, including a charity night and football match, had been a success.
She said: “Raising the money has been really easy because of how good everyone has been.
“The pub was packed on Friday night and everyone was in good spirits which is how Bundy would have wanted it to be.”
Mr Clare died after falling from a hotel balcony in Benidorm on Friday, September 6.
He was on a stag holiday and is believed to have been climbing back into a hotel room.
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