VIDEO: Tributes paid to St Agnes surfing legend Peter "Chops" Lascelles
Hundreds of friends and family members flocked to pay their respects to an internationally renowned surfboard shaper from St Agnes last week.
The large crowds meant that people were forced to stand outside the marquee on St Agnes Beacon to hear the service of remembrance for Peter “Chops” Lascelles last Friday.
Feelings of grief and sadness were mixed with people sharing their fond memories of Mr Lascelles, in what was a celebration of his life.
In tribute to his musical tastes, Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones and Neil Young’s Down by the River both featured in the service.
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Friend of Mr Lascelles, Karen Johnson Russell, said: “Moving would be an understatement. It was incredibly moving poignant and sad, but entertaining at times too.”
The day after the ceremony surfers joined in a celebratory “paddle out” for Mr Lascelles.
More than 100 people formed a circle in the sea off Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes in homage the surfing legend.
Mr Lascelles died on October 10 after being admitted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
His widow, Mary Lascelles, said: “He just had a love for life and he was a great big presence. More than that, he always had the time for people of any age and any creed.”
“It was an amazing life and I’ve got three amazing sons - he has left a great legacy.
The Australian born surfer ran the successful surfboard production business, Beachbeat surfboards, alongside the Aggie Surf shop, in St Agnes.
Mr Lascelles was also a world-class short and longboard surfer in his own right.
He twice competed for England in the surfing world championships and coached the last English team to bring home the European title.
The family have received countless cards, flowers and messages of support at their family home, and hundreds of people have left tributes to the enigmatic surfer online.
Chris Wady posted on Facebook: “An awesome service with tears and laughter, the coffin stuck behind a tractor for 15 minutes, the party of the year with his own brew and a huge memorial paddle out…a fitting end.”
Kelly Middlemiss posted on Facebook: “Have just arrived home after a very emotional and memorable 2 days. Chops Lascelles funeral…tears were plentiful and yet also replaced with smiles and laughter.
“He would have loved the celebrations. I was absolutely amazed at the amount of people there to pay their respects it was phenomenal. His boys, Sean, Bubs & Markie are certainly ambassadors for him! My love and thoughts are with them and Mary. Xx”
Mr Lascelles has left behind three sons Brennan, Marcus and Sean.