Spain Prepares for Ballesteros Funeral
May 11, 2011
The funeral of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros will take place today (Wednesday) in his home village of Pedrena, Cantabria in Spain.
The ceremony will be at the San Pedro parish church at 1200 BST.
Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal, Colin Montgomerie and Sam Torrance are among a few of golf’s biggest names that are expected to attend.
Ballesteros died aged 54 in the early hours of Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer.
“Seve will be cremated at a ceremony that will be as intimate as possible and at a place that nobody will know,” said the Ballesteros family.
“That was his express wish. His ashes will remain at his estate, at his home in Pedrena.”
Seve’s brother Baldomero Ballesteros was quoted as saying:
“The funeral rites will be as simple as those for any neighbour from the village. He was born here and here he will remain.”
Miguel Angel Revilla, head of the local Cantabria government, said the region will observe three days of official mourning.
At the Players Championship in Florida this week, the Spanish flag will fly in honour of Ballesteros until Sunday.
Normally, the previous year’s winner has his national flag flying over the Circle of Champions but the South African flag marking Tim Clark’s victory last May has been replaced.
Such was his legend across the sporting fraternity but his passing has been marked across the world, with silences being held at the European Tour’s Spanish Open, the Barcelona – Madrid game, the Madrid Open Tennis Championships and at the Wells Fargo Championship in America over the weekend.