Mourners line village streets for a final farewell to Matty

Reporter:

Jonathan Grieve

HUNDREDS of mourners packed out a church and lined a village's streets for the funeral of a popular man who died on his 20th birthday.

Matthew (Matty) Jones, of Johnstown, Wrexham, died in the early hours of November 1 after attending a Halloween party at the Academy Skate Park in Oswestry.

Mr Jones was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

A former Ysgol y Grango student and apprentice plumber, he played football for Rhos Aelwyd FC.

People lined the streets outside St Mary’s Church in Merlin Street, Johnstown, ahead of the 11am service and more than 100 people had to remain outside during the service as gatherers came to pay their final respects and celebrate Mr Jones’ life.

Paying tribute to Mr Jones last week, his mother Andrea said he was a “happy lad” who was always smiling and making her laugh.

Mrs Jones and her husband Geoff said they have been touched by the number of people who have paid their respects to their son, who they described as happy go lucky.

Friends and family flooded social media with tributes.

Danielle Bullock said: “what a beautiful turn out you had babe! the church was packed and people were still stood along the road! I love you so much matty, sweet dreams angel xxx”

Danni Pritchard said: “R.I.P matty thoughts are with your family today! hope your getting looked after up there”

Gavin Edwards said: “Taken too soon. Keep smiling up there mate Rip pal x”

An investigation was launched by West Mercia Police following Mr Jones’ death.
A 38-year-old man from Oswestry was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and supplying class A drugs.

The man has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.
An inquest into Mr Jones’ death is due to be opened at the Guildhall in Shrewsbury today.

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