Melvin had originally worked for Keith Bell’s father Jim. Keith remained a family friend and after chatting with his family was happy to make the wish come true.
He said: ”Melvin ended up driving the diggers for us and told me he wanted to make his final journey in one.
”When he first brought it up I thought he was joking but kept on going on and on about it.
”After he died, I dreaded bringing it up with his family, but Jean just said ‘we’ve got to do it for him, Keith, he went on about it all the time’.
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