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Man dying of Parkinson's decides he doesn't want people having all the fun without him.

Thomas Kershaw, a 79-year-old man suffering from Parkinson's disease, has been told for over three years that he is close to death. Finally, on Friday night, he decided when his wake would be, and that he'd be in attendance.

"What was the point in everyone having a drink and me not being there?" he said to the Sunderland Echo. Though it looked like most people in attendance weren't old enough to drink, it didn't stop people from abandoning their inhibitions and putting on costumes for the "fancy dress" wake. Kershaw himself dressed as Dick Turpin (a famous English thief).

Sources: Sunderland Echo