WESTENDERS turned out in force to pay their last respects to a young dad who was stabbed to death on his way home from a club in Crewe.
The funeral of Colin Jones, 27, brought the West End to a standstill on Friday as people in the close-knit network of terraced streets stood outside their homes and shops to bow their heads as the procession passed heading towards Crewe Crematorium.
It went from Rigg Street, where Mr Jones lived with his mother, Gwen Doyle, and along Ford Lane and West Street to the Crematorium chapel, off Badger Avenue.
After the service Mrs Doyle, a barmaid at the Prince of Wales pub on West Street, was so overcome with emotion, she collapsed outside the crematorium.
She said later: "All the trauma of the past few weeks suddenly got to me and I just blacked out for a few seconds.
"Thankfully, everyone was there to look after me including Colin's dad, Chris Jones. Although we were divorced, Colin was our son and we thought the world of him. We both touched the coffin to say goodbye."
Mrs Doyle is now moving to a new address in the West End to help her get over her loss.
She added: "People knock the West End but it is a close-knit place. Both Colin and I were born here and the people do stick together.
"It was so touching to see the chapel packed with people. It was so full, many people had to stand outside to listen to the service over loud speakers."
Among the mourners were workmates from Boughey's Distribution at Wardle where Mr Jones worked as a forklift driver.
Mr Jones' little girls, aged 15 months and two, were not at the service but were brought to his 'local', the Prince of Wales, for the after funeral family get-together.
He was walking home from the 2112 nightclub in Hightown shortly after 1am on August 18 when he was stabbed in the stomach near Theo's Greek restaurant.