Ricky Hayden funeral: Mourners wear orange and release doves at packed farewell to Romford doorman
PUBLISHED: 16:54 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 22:38 17 January 2017
Devastated friends and family of Ricky Hayden said their final farewell to the hugely popular doorman at his packed funeral today.
Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects and share treasured memories of the 27-year-old, who was stabbed to death outside his home in Gibbfield Close, Chadwell Heath, in September.
Flashes of orange – Ricky’s favourite colour – could be seen in the midst of traditional black outfits at Ricky’s funeral at Forest Park Crematorium, Forest Road, Hainault this afternoon, with mum Sue leading the tributes.
The memorial began with a huge procession from Ricky’s home, with his coffin being carried to the church in a traditional horse and carriage, accompanied by a biker escort just after 2pm.
Friends, neighbours and well-wishers lined the streets of the quiet cul-de-sac where Ricky lived, letting off balloons.
The procession stopped at Ricky’s favourite takeaway for a two-minute silence.
Speaking after the moving service, friend Frankie Pearson, 29, said: “I’m shocked to see how many people turned up. His mum’s speech really touched me.
“I’m heartbroken and lost for words to be honest.
“I never thought it would be Ricky that would go. It’s too much.”
Another friend, Anthony Bayon, 29, added: “I used to go to school with him [The Warren School, Chadwell Heath] but knew him from the clubs rather than school.
“He saved my life once. I got beaten up really bad in a club in 2012. I was unconscious. I don’t remember it luckily but he and another bouncer looked after me.”
Ricky, who worked as a doorman at Kosho bar, South Street, Romford, was attacked alongside his dad Paul, 54, in the early hours of September 13.
While Paul was injured but survived, Ricky later died in hospital.
The tragic news rocked the community, with fundraising events being held across east London for the well-known family.
Tommy Lee Roome, 19, of Rams Grove, Chadwell Heath has already been charged with Ricky’s murder and is currently remanded to appear at the Old Bailey.
Another 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and has been bailed to return on a date in early December pending further enquiries.
Two teenagers aged 19 and 16 were also arrested on suspicion of murder. The 19-year-old has been bailed until a date later in late January, while the 16-year-old is no longer a line of enquiry.