THE streets of Calne came to a standstill for the funeral of Jordan Rawlings this morning.

The funeral service was by invitation only, but a procession through the town allowed people in the community to pay their last respects.

Onlookers tied bunches of flowers to lampposts, next to other flowers previously left for the three other young men who lost their lives.

Ryan Nelson, 20, Corey Owen, 19, Matthew Parke, 19, and Jordan Rawlings, 20, were tragically killed in the crash near Calne, in the early hours of a Sunday morning in August.

Jordan’s hearse was decorated with a floral ‘Jord’ in white flowers, and he was led by funeral directors at walking pace through the town centre.

In his family tribute, the young man was remembered for his “cheeky smile”.

They said: “Jordan was a ray of sunshine, who always had a cheeky smile, a wicked sense of humour and a contagious laugh that would put a smile on everybody’s face.

“The loss of our beautiful son/brother/grandson/nephew and cousin has left a hole in all of our hearts, but we were proud as a family to have had him in our lives.”

Many of those gathered in the town had some connection with him. Four young women, dressed in black sat quietly on the bench on the corner of the High Street.

They said they had come in support of Jordan’s sister, their close friend.

Jess Carter said: “It is good that so many people have come out. What happened was so tragic.”

Others knew Jordan from school. He was a pupil at Kingsbury Green Academy.

Two school lunchtime supervisors had come to see him off. “I’ve known him since he was seven,” said one. “He was a friend of my son’s.”

Inspector James Brain, from the Chippenham Area Community Policing Team, said: “This funeral marks the final stage of a very difficult and emotional time for the families of the four victims and the wider community in Calne.

“The tragic collision has been made more difficult because of the Government’s current Covid restrictions and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Calne for the respectful, but safe way, they have paid their final respects to these four young men.”