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Car-free funeral for Green leader
Dr Mike Woodin's coffin on trailer bike
Dr Woodin wanted his coffin placed on a carriage towed by bicycle
The funeral of a leading Green Party politician has taken place with a procession of bike riders and walkers.

Dr Mike Woodin, the leader of the Green Party group on Oxford City Council, died from cancer aged 38.

The funeral procession took place between the city's Abingdon Road and Wolvercote Cemetery on Monday.

Mourners were asked to be on bicycles or on foot "respecting Mike's own wishes", said Craig Simmons, the party's deputy leader.

Dr Woodin lived in Oxford with his wife Deborah and two young children.

Dr Mike Woodin's funeral
Mourners were asked to use green ribbons instead of the usual black

He taught psychology at Balliol College, Oxford, and was one of the first Green Party city councillors elected in England.

He was diagnosed with secondary cancer of the lungs in March this year.

He underwent chemotherapy, but died on 8 July.

His coffin was placed on a carriage towed by a convoy of bicycles - in keeping with his wishes for the event to be as car-free as possible.

The bicycles were decked in green ribbons rather than black.

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