Crowds gathered in the sunshine outside Falmouth RFC this afternoon to pay their respects to Cornish Rugby Legend David "Benji" Thomas who passed away on Thursday, February 10 after a short illness. 

Benji's funeral procession left his home before driving through Penryn, up to Pendennis point then back past Falmouth RFC before journeying to Trelawny Chapel, Penmount Crematorium where the funeral service began at 3:15.

Supporters, ex-players, club members and more were in attendance and clapped their beloved hero as the procession made their way past the venue. 

A spokesman at the club said: "He was such a good sportsperson, but a good person too. It wasn't just about rugby, but any sport he was involved with. 

"It was good for a few people to come up and give him a good send-off." 

Falmouth Packet: There was a large number of people at the gates of Falmouth RFCThere was a large number of people at the gates of Falmouth RFC

Many who were gathered wore rugby ties, or shirts in remembrance of the rugby great who played for Penryn RFC and Falmouth as well as making 21 appearances for Cornwall between 1959 and 1970.

In 1991, Benji was cheered on by 40,000 black and gold supporters on a sunny, spring day at Twickenham when he led Cornwall to a never-to-be-forgotten County Championship triumph when the defeated Yorkshire 29-20.