Funeral for Neil Watson of Corby

Neil Watson, 23, of Shetland Way, Corby, who died in a motorcycle accident, is pictured with his mum Ann Cruse. Hundreds of people attended his funeral at St Columba's Church today
Neil Watson, 23, of Shetland Way, Corby, who died in a motorcycle accident, is pictured with his mum Ann Cruse. Hundreds of people attended his funeral at St Columba's Church today

Hundreds of people said a sad farewell on Friday, October 19, to a 23-year-old Corby man who lost his life in a motorcycle accident.

The funeral of Neil Watson, of Shetland Way, took place at St Columba’s Church, Studfall Avenue, followed by interment at Shire Lodge Cemetery and a celebration of his life at the Irish Centre in Patrick Road.

Mourners stood in silence as the cortege arrived at the church, followed by a group of Neil’s friends on their motorbikes.

The coffin was draped in the Union Flag and was carried in a motorcycle hearse.

So many people attended the funeral that many mourners had to stand outside the packed church during the touching service.

Some who attended wore red, white and blue, acknowledging Neil’s patriotism.

Neil’s mum Ann Cruse said: “We are a very close family and we are all keeping each other strong.

“Neil was such a lovable person and had so many friends. He could always make people laugh and loved his family and his friends. He also loved his motorbike.”

The former pupil of Lodge Park School, Corby, lived with his girlfriend Alex at his sister Angela’s house, and the couple were planning to set up their own home together.

As well as his mum Ann, girlfriend Alex and sister Angela, 29, Neil leaves his step-father Danny, brothers John, 27, and Andrew, 20, and father John Watson.

The accident happened in Gretton Brook Road, at the junction of Phoenix Parkway, on Wednesday, October 3. Neil was on his way to work at a Corby call centre when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a coach.

Today police renewed their appeal for witnesses to the collision, which happened at 8am.

Officers from the investigation team are keen to speak to witnesses, in particular the driver of a three-door black Vauxhall Astra.

A spokesman for the police said: “The man driving the car is believed to have initially stopped at the scene. He was not involved in the accident, but may be a vital witness.”

No arrests have been made in the case.

Anyone with information or who witnessed this accident is asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.