I’ve not gone yet!

Jimmy Campbell and Sally Miller with their seat in Alnmouth. Also villagers using the seat while waiting for a bus.
Jimmy Campbell and Sally Miller with their seat in Alnmouth. Also villagers using the seat while waiting for a bus.

FROM the inscription on the memorial bench next to Alnmouth post office, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Jimmy Campbell had shuffled off his mortal coil – until you see him actually sitting on it.

That’s because Jimmy, 78, hasn’t quite passed over to the other side just yet. He’s simply waiting for the bus.

And to make his journey easier, he decided to have the commemorative seat celebrating his life installed while he could still enjoy its comforts.

Jimmy’s partner, Sally Miller, says the idea was typical of his sense of humour.

“I wasn’t at all sure whether I liked the idea, but Jimmy has a practical streak as well as a great sense of humour,” she said. “He sometimes prefers to use the bus service instead of taking the car into Alnwick, but there was no seat beside the bus stop.

“He finds it painful to stand for any length of time because of his arthritis. He initially decided to make arrangements to have a seat placed there after he’d gone, but hey – why not do it now and have the benefit?”

In a final amusing twist, the epitaph on the bench reads: ‘Jimmy Campbell and Sally Miller: Jimmy – In departure lounge, Sally – Flight delayed indefinitely.’