The cutout of Lee Clarke with some of his mates. See SWNS story SWLEcutout. Forty friends headed out with a cardboard cutout of their beloved pal, who sadly lost his battle with cancer. Lee Clarke, 50, known as the Major, had been battling bowel cancer for nearly two years when he tragically died in February. According to close friend Darren McLean, 52, Lee had been praying to make it on to the bus that left for Skegness, Lincs. Despite not quite holding on for the trip, Darren was desperate to bring Lee along in a special way.