Former soldier Anto Wickham started planning his own funeral after seeing eight Army pals killed during the Iraq war. The 48-year-old, from Belfast, paid a Nottingham-based firm £3,000 (roughly $5,000 US) for a coffin that is a ten-foot high replica of a bottle of his favourite whiskey. Anto Wickham said, “I didn’t want a normal funeral and it had to be a celebration of life because I have been to too many funerals of colleagues where they were very sad occasions. I wanted something completely different and I decided my favourite drink is Jack Daniels.”
The coffin appears to br a faithful reproduction of a Jack Daniels bottle except for one line added to the label. It provides Anton Wickham’s name, his date of birth, and the words “100% proof.”
Mr. Wickham also stated, “My headstone is going to have a solar-panelled iPad. I plan to leave a video message with pictures of the coffin from start to finish. I am also going to approach Guinness to see if they will take me to the service in one of their delivery vans.”
You can read more and view several pictures of the coffin in an article by Corey Charlton in The Daily Mail at http://goo.gl/MLrJqI.