TREASURED local athlete Reg Wild, was given a fitting send-off on Tuesday, with the funeral procession making a lap of honour around William Parker althetics track.
Instead of a minute’s silence, the hundreds of people gathered at the side of the track, clapped him all the way round.
Reg, who died aged 72, on August 13 following a battle with cancer, had a lifelong involvement with Hastings Athletic Club of which he was president.
Son Jason Wild said: “He could not have wished for a better send off. Everyone was there that he would have wanted.
“He would probably have said that it was too much expense, although if it had been for anyone else, he would have done exactly the same.”
The church was packed for the funeral service, which was held at St John’s Church, Upper Church Road. There were 300 people seated, and many more standing.
Reg’s widow Jean spoke at the service, as did his son Jason, daughter Mandy, and granddaughter Molly.
Hastings Athletic Club ex-chairman Lionel Parr, and current chairman Digger Broderick also paid tribute to Reg.
Following the lap around the athletics track, the wake was held at the Phoenix Arts Centre, in Parkstone Road, while family and close friends attended a private gathering at the crematorium.