All Saints’ Church was packed for this occasion, which didn’t surprise me, with well-known faces from Marlow, Club Members past and present, and friends and family of Joe’s. Although it was sad to think of why we were there, the mood was lighthearted, and the vicar, Reverend David Bull, led an excellent service.
David Davies, a friend of Joe’s for the past 70 years, gave a very touching Eulogy, and the tributes given by Joe’s daughters and grandchildren were profound, funny, and encapsulated the spirit of Joe.
Afterwards we walked across the bridge to the Compleat Angler. A moody sky was suddenly lit with a few shafts of warm sunlight, and we were reminded of Joe’s most famous photograph, Thunder in the Air. There was no thunder though, just that from the weir.
The room we were in at The Compleat Angler was in the old part. It gave wonderful views over the river and weir. The atmosphere was one of contentment. The gathering was a true celebration of Joe Green.