For the first time in its history, Wootton Bassett – known for its deeply moving and dignified demonstrations of respect and mourning to fallen military personnel – was completely deserted today as the remains of Nick Clegg’s political career arrived in the Wiltshire town.
‘Normally a respectful crowd would line the town’s main street and pay its respects as the procession moves slowly through the town,’ said town councillor Richard Wells. ‘But today there was nothing to be seen or heard apart from the chill of an eerie cold wind. It’s occasions like this that remind us why this country is so great.’
Mr Clegg’s political remains will later be transported up the M1 to his home town of Sheffield where a much livelier reception is expected at the Liberal Democrat headquarters.