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More than 200 mourners from Thailand and England attended the funeral on Thursday of popular former publican Alan Johnston in Koh Samui.

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CAPTION: The floral tributes at Alan Johnston’s funeral at Wat Lamai in Koh Samui on June 28.

His body was flown back to Samui for a traditional Buddhist ceremony and cremation after he died suddenly in Carlisle in northern England on June 2 at the age of 65.

His sisters Pat and Eileen were among the mourners at Wat Lamai for a funeral held in sweltering heat.

A wreath from Koh Samui Hash House Harriers in the colours of Mr Johnston’s beloved Carlisle United lay next to his coffin. It bore the hash name “Blue Lugs” that he used for many years as part of the weekend running club with a drinking problem.

A wake was then held in the Red Fox Bar, which he sold last October after more than 20 years as a publican in the resort of Lamai.

Mr Johnston emigrated to Thailand in 1995 after managing two Carlisle pubs, The Jovial Sailor and the Joiners Arms. The latter also held a wake to mark his death.

Born and raised in Raffles in Carlisle, Mr Johnston attended Newtown and Creighton schools. At 18 he joined the RAF and became a dog handler. A stint in Hong Kong established his love of the Far East and its culture. After four years in the RAF, he joined Cumbria’s ambulance service, where he worked for 15 years before becoming a publican.

After developing a facial tumour, Mr Johnston returned to Carlisle in March for treatment. He was staying with sister Pat when he died suddenly in bed. The cause of his death has not yet been established. He leaves wife Toi and stepson Nong.


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