Family and friends of 22-year-old Will Page turned out in their droves to remember the popular young dad-to-be.
Will’s funeral was held on Friday at St Mary’s Church in Ilkeston.
It was an amazing send offRachael Cross
The car fanatic, from Stanley Common, died when a gate post smashed through the windscreen of the van he was driving as he left a garage in Digby Street in Ilkeston.
On Friday people drove their own cars and parked them on Ilkeston Market Place in tribute to Will who would regularly attend ‘meet-ups’ with girlfriend Rachael Cross.
Rachael, who is pregnant with Will’s first child, said that the service was ‘amazing’ and everyone left with a smile on their face because Will had such a good send off.
She said: “It was amazing. It was so busy. The church was meant to seat 400 but people were queuing out the door.
“All of his friends and family carried his coffin in and out.
“There must have been 150 cars at the top of Ilkeston, the council cordoned it all off for us, which was really good.”
Rachael spoke at the funeral. She didn’t feel she would be able to at first but changed her mind after speaking to a friend about it.
Will’s dad Brian – and his two brothers – also paid tribute to him.
Rachael said: “Everyone came out with a smile on their face after. It was an amazing send off.”
Will died on Saturday, February 28.
He and Rachael met through their obsession with cars at the start of 2013, and Rachael moved in with him at his dad Brian’s house in Belper Road, Stanley Common, two months later.
Days after the tragedy, she told the Tiser: “As I got to the scene there was a police officer with his hat in his hand. That’s when I knew, I could tell by the look in his eye.”
Will was buried at Stanley Common Cemetery, along with a picture of his baby’s scan.