Left to Right: Chris Whitehead, Barry Liversidge, Reg Davey, Allen Tunks

Reg Davey’s funeral was on a weekday afternoon in Wombwell, an unassuming pit village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. I was in my late 20s, a project manager for a civil engineering contractor. I took the afternoon off. Reg was someone I wanted to pay my respects to.

I arrived in plenty of time, but found myself squeezing my red Vauxhall Cavalier into the last available parking space. Glancing at the entrance I noticed a good…