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GANGSTERS IN SECRET VISIT TO KRAY BROTHERS' GRAVES: THE FINAL FAREWELL; Gangland veterans gather to pay last respects to Charlie.

Byline: Chief Reporter ALEXANDER HITCHEN

THE hair's turning grey and the eyesight is not what it used to be - but the bulging muscles under their expensive suits are still a real giveaway.

These are the ageing legends of London's East End gangland who gathered together for the last time at the family grave of the Kray Twins.

The six met a few days ago at a secret ceremony photographed exclusively by the Sunday People to pay their last respects to Kray brother Charlie.

The Underworld veterans viewed the newly-installed headstone which they had helped pay for and laid a wreath of lilies and carnations.

Then, hiding their massive fists in trouser pockets, they reflected on the dark past that had bonded them for nearly 40 years and brought them together for probably the very last time.

There was Tony Lambrianou, 58, and Freddie "The Enforcer" Foreman, 68, who were involved in Reggie Kray's notorious murder of Jack "The Hat" McVitie.

There was Roy "Pretty Boy" Shaw, in his early sixties, who killed a man in prison with his bare hands, shattered the jaw of the governor of Broadmoor and was once branded the most dangerous man in the British penal system.

There was gangland boss Joey Pyle, 64, who was cleared of murdering a night club boss after two trials.

There was Johnny Nash, 67, elder statesman of North London's Nash crime family and rival to the Kray Twins.

And there was Wilf Pine, a close associate of all three Kray brothers.

Charlie, 72, died in Parkhurst prison last year after being convicted of plotting to smuggle pounds 39 million of cocaine.

One of the old villains at the graveside at Chingford Mount cemetery, Essex, who did not wish to be named, said: "Charlie was no angel, none of us are saints, but he was a loyal man and loyalty is a quality that seems to be disappearing rapidly."

The gang member added: "It is going to be the last time we will all be here together.

"My health is not too good and we seem to be going to more and more funerals for our friends these days."


PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: BYE-BYE CHARLIE: Tony Lambrianou, Freddie Foreman, Joey Pyle, Wilf Pine, Roy Shaw and Johnny Nash at graveside Picture: SIMEON FRANCIS; MOB: Reg (left) Charlie, Ron
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Aug 12, 2001
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