Last lap send off for Dan

134401d'The funeral of Dan Rollins at St Hildas Church in Whitby'Dans friends carry his coffin into the church'Picture by Neil Silk'28/10/13
134401d'The funeral of Dan Rollins at St Hildas Church in Whitby'Dans friends carry his coffin into the church'Picture by Neil Silk'28/10/13

HUNDREDS of mourners turned out to say goodbye to a teenager killed in a car crash.

Dan Rollins was taken on his last lap around town as the hearse carrying him made its way to St Hilda’s Church on the West Cliff on Tuesday morning.

134401a'The funeral of Dan Rollins at St Hildas Church in Whitby'Dans friends lead the cortege to the church'Picture by Neil Silk'28/10/13

134401a'The funeral of Dan Rollins at St Hildas Church in Whitby'Dans friends lead the cortege to the church'Picture by Neil Silk'28/10/13

Starting from the Co-op on Langborne Road where Whitby’s young car enthusiasts meet, the funeral procession drove along New Quay Road, Pier Road up the Khyber Pass and on to the church.

He was met by a group of 12 of his suited and booted best mates who were waiting to lead the hearse to the church.

They all donned green caps because Dan was always wearing a cap, while other mourners wore green to reflect his favourite colour.

His coffin was draped in a huge bouget of white lillies and surrounded by a green wreath spelling out ‘HULK’ – a nickname given to him by younger sister Tiffany and also ‘SON’.

134401j'The funeral of Dan Rollins at St Hildas Church in Whitby'A last message for Dan'Picture by Neil Silk'28/10/13

134401j'The funeral of Dan Rollins at St Hildas Church in Whitby'A last message for Dan'Picture by Neil Silk'28/10/13

The already sombre air fell silent as another group of friends carried the coffin into the church for the service which was led by the Canon Rev David Smith.

His brave sister Tiffany gave a speech about her beloved older brother followed by the hymn Sing Hosanna.

The Vanessa Carlton song, “A Thousand Miles” was played before prayers and the commendation and mourners left the church to the tune of “Wild Ones” by Flo Rida.

After burial at Whitby Cemetery, hundreds celebrated his life at a reception at the Hare and Hounds at Hawsker where Dan also used to work.

134401g'The funeral of Dan Rollins at St Hildas Church in Whitby'Dans coffin is lifted from the hearse'Picture by Neil Silk'28/10/13

134401g'The funeral of Dan Rollins at St Hildas Church in Whitby'Dans coffin is lifted from the hearse'Picture by Neil Silk'28/10/13

Mum Sue told the Gazette: “It was absolutely heaving. We catered for 300 and were packed in like sardines. I could not believe how many went – he definitely had a good send off.

“The lads that were in a minibus were the ones that carried him into the church and the others were stood waiting for him.

“They wanted to carry him in and they all wanted to be a part of it so they chatted with the undertaker and sorted it themselves.”

A night out at RAW nightclub last Thursday raised £2140 which will be put towards Dan’s headstone and other donations in his memory are set to be used for a memorial bench at the Hare and Hounds.

Dan, of Westbourne Road died at the scene of the crash which happened at around 6.45pm on Tuesday 15 October on the A171 road near Ugthorpe.

He had finished work in Yarm and was driving home for tea when his car was in collision with another vehicle.

Sue added: “I think I am still in shock, I don’t think it has really hit me yet. Everything is so overwhelming.”