“Stop!” shouts a man in a smart black overcoat and grey suit trousers as he leaps out into the middle of South Road in Southall and brings traffic to an immediate halt. Helicopters are hoovering and we hvae what looks to be upwards of 1000 people paying respects! Bali Khak went out in style.
He is quickly joined by a man in leathers who parks his motorbike in front of momentarily confused motorists to help keep the traffic from moving.
Bemused pedestrians and queueing drivers watch on as a black hearse emerges from Park Avenue and makes its way up towards the station.
It is followed by a carriage containing a white coffin which is drawn by six horses sporting feather plume headdresses.
Then Rolls-Royce after Rolls-Royce begins to emerge – I count 15, but there could have been more.
A funeral procession brought traffic in Southall to a halt (Image: Grahame Larter)
The Rolls-Royces are followed by several stretch Mercedes and a handful of impressive super cars. Maseratis are among them.
These all turn the corner onto South Road and join the queuing traffic to a backdrop of increasingly impatient honks. The spectacle lasts for around five minutes and leaves many looking on with their jaws on the pavement.
“Who died?”, asks the man standing next to me on the pavement. “I don’t know”, I reply, equally oblivious. “Well, he must have been rich”, the man adds, and with that he crosses the road to the station.
The long line of flashy cars, horse-drawn carriage and hearse had come down Southall Broadway 75 minutes or so before the procession emerged from Park Avenue at around 12.45pm on Monday, January 28.
The horse-drawn carriage and Rolls-Royces went up the Broadway before coming out of Park Avenue an hour or so later (Image: Frederica Miller)
A picture of a young man, probably in his 20s, dressed in a simple white T-shirt and jeans, was placed beside the white coffin displayed in the glass-windowed carriage which was drawn along by horses.
A floral tribute spelled out the word “Son”.
Dozens of flashy cars formed part of the funeral procession
This is all we know about the man whose funeral brought traffic to a halt but one thing is for certain, that he went out in absolute style.