No one would ever consider a lime green dress as a proper funeral attire, yet that is exactly what Barry Delaney chose to put on before he bid his friend a final farewell.
It was five years ago that Black Watch infantryman Kevin Elliot jokingly made a bet with his best friend, Barry Delaney, before he was deployed to Afghanistan. As part of the bet, Kevin Elliot told his friend that he would have to wear the tackiest dress to his funeral if he were ever killed in action.
Unfortunately, Elliot’s request became a reality when he was killed in a Taliban ambush three years later. Delaney stuck to his promise by attending his best friend’s funeral in a brightly colored dress with bright pink socks to match.