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Two weeks of heartbreaking funerals came to an end today as the cortège of the last of four friends who lost their lives in the Derry Hill crash in August, passed through the town.

jordanuse1Calne came to a standstill once again as the hearse carrying Jordan Rawlings passed through enroute to his funeral service.

The cortège left his family home at 10am and drove through town, onto the bypass to Tesco superstore where friends and shoppers lined the pavement to say goodbye. The cars then made their way back down Oxford Road and through the town centre past the Town Hall.

There will be a celebration of Jordan's life after the service today, but this is by invitation only to ensure it can be held safely at a Covid-secure venue.

Jordan was one of four friends who lost their lives in a horrendous RTC last month. All the young men; Jordan, 20, Ryan, 20, Corey,19, and Matthew Parke, 19 died at the scene following the collision on the A4 at Derry Hill at approximately 3am on Sunday 16th August.

If anyone would like to make donations in Jordan's memory, his family request they go to your chosen charity.

jordan1Calne Town Mayor, Cllr Robert Merrick said: "Jordan is the final funeral we see today and I send my thoughts to the family. 

"It will continue to be hard for the families and I would like to thanks our community for all the respect and support they have shown.
"My thoughts and thanks will continue with the families, emergency services and the Derry Hill house family."

Inspector James Brain, from the Chippenham Area Community Policing Team, said: "This week’s 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."

jordan funeral3Terence Herbert, Chief Executive, Wiltshire Council, said: "Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the four young men who lost their lives in this tragic accident – this is such a devastating time for those involved.

"Due to COVID-19 these are unprecedented times and we understand this makes it even more difficult for those grieving loved ones. Understandably the family and friends of Corey, Jordan, Matthew, and Ryan want to celebrate their lives and we’ve worked with the police to help them jordan funeral5do this as safely as possible.”