The friends of Crafted Jewellery owner Kelly Dunning, who died last month, lined the route from his parents’ house in Bushey to the West Herts Crematorium where his funeral took place (yesterday).
Although only close family members were permitted to attend the service because of the coronavirus outbreak, Kelly’s brother Bradley said mourners stopped to pay their respects as Kelly made his final journey.
He explained: “He was honoured as soon as he left mum and dads. Around 80 people came out to clap when we passed the Tudor pub. We then passed Sheepcot Lane where my brother used to and turned onto the A405 where there were about 60 to 70 people lining the route clapping to give my brother the perfect send-off. Everyone was at least two metres apart.
“The service was fantastic but we had to spread out to respect rules.”
Family and friends are already planning further tributes to Kelly, who lived in Croxley Green, when lockdown ends.
Bradley revealed: “One friend wants to hold a golf day in his honour. A friend of the family owns Sun Sports and we’re arranging a charity football match against the Watford 1999 squad then a party to celebrate his life in the evening.”
Since Kelly’s death, floral tributes have been left outside Crafted Jewellery in Kings Langley High Street and the flowers from the funeral have now been added to them.
Bradley said: “Everyone’s response has been overwhelming and a massive comfort. As everybody is in lockdown someone set up a WhatsApp group and more than 300 people joined to share memories and words of comfort.”