Fri. Sep 17th, 2021

The Rolling Stones had to miss the funeral of Charlie Watts in Devon last week because of Covid restrictions.

The legendary drummer died last month at the age of 80, and a small private ceremony was held in Devon last week.

However, Charlie’s bandmates, including Sir Mick Jagger, couldn’t attend the funeral and stayed in the US, where they are rehearsing for an upcoming tour.

Read more: One of final pictures of Charlie Watts show him posing with love of his life

Covid restrictions meant Sir Mick, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood were forced to stay in Boston, The Sun reports.

Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones
Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones

A source told the paper the band will instead pay tribute to Charlie during their upcoming shows and a celebration of his life is planned in the UK later this year.

Charlie lived with his wife Shirley Ann Shepherd at Halsdon Manor, near Dolton, in North Devon, where they ran the Halsdon Arabians stud farm.

Local residents of Dolton paid tribute to Charlie following his death.

As owner of Halsdon Manor, a 600-acre sixteenth-century estate, famed for Polish Arab thoroughbreds and run by his wife Shirley, Mr Watts was Dolton’s most famous resident.

A popular though rarely seen presence in the local community, by donating to local fundraising causes, the Watts’ were known with affection.

Last month marked the tenth anniversary of Charlie making a surprise showing to lend a hand to re-open the village hall.

Charlie Watts speaking with residents Dolton Village Hall reopening
Charlie Watts speaking with residents Dolton Village Hall reopening
(Image: Martin Lock)

Susan Jury, who was a Dolton Parish councillor at the time and is still chair of Dalton Village Hall, fondly remembers the day with the ‘lovely’ couple.

Although as prime donor only Shirley Watts had been invited as VIP guest, husband Charlie came along as support act and drummed up more publicity.

“We had a bonus!” recalls Susan, to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.. “They were the last to leave the hall on that day.”

But this hadn’t always been Mr Watts’ intention. According to Susan, the star had a car standing by outside because the cricket was on TV back at the manor. He’d decided that “if he wasn’t enjoying himself he was going home,” Susan recalls.

He clearly got some satisfaction, staying on to chat to villagers.

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