‘Phenomenal’ send-off for popular Waxy

Mourners packed the church while others listened to the service outside via loudspeakers
Mourners packed the church while others listened to the service outside via loudspeakers
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CARL Roe, the 21-year-old who only ever wanted to work in his family’s business, was laid to rest on Tuesday.

Carl – also known as Karl by friends and family – was killed on 16 March when the yellow Peugeot 106 he was driving left the A169 near the Saltersgate Inn and hit a tree.

His funeral was held at St Stephen’s Church in Fylingthorpe and his father, Graham Lilley, said he was amazed by the “unbelievable” turnout from people who came to pay their respects.

The funeral procession arrived at the church at 2pm, with the hearse followed by his family in another vehicle and behind them the pallbearers in Carl’s own Mini Cooper.

Around 400 people packed into the church, or stood listening outside via loudspeakers and following the funeral the whole group made their way to Robin Hood’s Bay’s Victoria Hotel in a huge procession that filled the road.

Parents Graham ‘Moose’ Lilley and Allison Roe led the procession and Graham said: “We left the church and everyone followed us.

“We got as far as Robin Hood’s Bay, about 500 yards, and someone said ‘have you turned around’ and the vision I have is just a mass of people in black and white from one pavement to the other from the church to Station Road.

“It was phenomenal, I’ve seen nothing like it.”

“There were rural people, town people, people from the farming community, people from the fishing community.

“There was so many people there from different circles, people I haven’t seen or spoken to for 10 to 15 years.

“There were so many people there that we were still there until two in the morning.

“To the people that we didn’t get to talk to, a big thank you for turning up.”

Carl’s younger brother, Davie, arranged for any donations to be given to the Firefighter’s Charity in thanks of the aid the fire service gave at the crash scene.

Graham added that his younger son has received a lot of support from his girlfriend, adding: “She’s a very good kid and she’s been fantastic.”

A convoy of friends and family visited the site of the accident at Saltergate on Saturday as part of a remembrance service organised by close friend Ethan Hume.

Graham thanked the police for their support as he said that again there was an unbelievable turn out and that “the road was half blocked because of the volume of people”.

Carl celebrated his 21st birthday in February and had been a student at Hawsker School, Eskdale School and Whitby Community College.

But his father said that all Carl ever wanted to do was work at Whitby Salvage, the family business.

“He always knew that when he came out of school he was going to work in the yard,” said Graham.

“The yard was always going to be his life and for five years it was.

“His mother’s a partner in the business and we made him and his younger brother partners.

“It was always us four, we were a team.”

Carl’s friends will also remember him by his other nickname, Waxy, and Graham explained the name’s origins: “I used to joke that it was because he had mucky lugs, but actually I think it’s just because when he went on a night out he used to use lots of hair gel.”

He added: “I will miss his smile.

“Everybody says the same, if anybody asked him anything he could never say no.

“He wouldn’t refuse anybody anything.

“He was just absolutely astounding.”