Sian O’Callaghan received an emotional send off from the people of Swindon as her cortege made its way through the town on its way to Kingsdown Crematorium for her funeral at 3pm on Monday 18th April.
Small knots of people stood in silent tribute by the side of Wootton Bassett Road and Kingshill, below, leading up to Old Town to see the hearse carrying Sian’s coffin between her name emblazoned in bright flowers on both sides.
Police motorcyle outriders cleared the way of traffic and police vehicles following prevented other cars getting in the way of the cortege. The hearse provided by Hillier Funeral Services was followed by stretched limousines carrying members of Sian’s family.
Well over 200 people were waiting in High Street, Old Town, pictured bottom, to see the procession sweep by without stopping. Many were in tears to see Sian’s coffin in front of them, some expressed disappointment that the cars did not slow down a little for them to pay their respects.
Beyond Old Town people were waiting at Marlborough Road, Dorcan Way, Kingfisher Drive, Merlin Way and the entrance to the crematorium. The funeral was strictly for family and close friends of Sian and her family.
The family have requested that instead of flowers, donations be made to charities including Victim Support, Missing Persons, Wiltshire Search and Rescue and Prospect Hospice.
Donations can be made through Hillier Funeral Service, 252 Whitworth Rd, Swindon. Tel:
• Sian disappeared in March after a night out at a club in Old Town and was later found dead in a ditch by a road at Uffington.
Below, the scene in Old Town captured by Richard Wintle of Calyx