Close friends have paid tribute to two young men who died after a crash in Alconbury Weston days before Christmas.

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Philip Watkin, known as Phil, of Rusts Lane, Alconbury, and Jordan Gardner, 22, of Brookside, Alconbury, were killed after the black Honda Civic they were travelling in was involved in a crash with a blue Ford Escape on Buckworth Road at about 3.25pm on Monday, December 22.

Phil, 23, was said to have died at the scene while Jordan was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he later died.

A second passenger, a 19-year-old man from St Ives, suffered serious injuries and was also taken to Addenbrooke’s.

Born and bred in Alconbury, Phil was described as “popular and eccentric”.

He was an economics postgraduate and was studying for a masters degree at the University of Newcastle.

Phil was involved in the community and had a keen interest in football and played for Alconbury, where he was known as a tough-tackling midfielder.

Phil leaves behind his parents Simon and Mary and brother Jonny.

Jordan was described as a happy person, who loved being around his friends. He worked as a refuse collector for Huntingdonshire District Council and was an avid West Ham fan and car enthusiast.

He leaves behind his parents Sue and Douglas, stepdad Jon, and brother Dan.

In a tribute to Phil, friend George Pearson, 25, said: “A stranger to me at first, but after 10 years he became one of my closest friends. He was like a warrior – he never gave up and was proud of his achievements. Thank you for the memories, Phil, I’ll never forget you and will always miss and love you.”

Aaron Magee, 20, added: “Phil will be truly missed by a lot of people – his bright personality (and clothes), his recognisable voice, intelligence and sense of humour that would have a room full of people in roars of laughter.

“He seemed good at everything he put his hand to: football, skiing, pool and was effortlessly talented academically. He’s one of my best mates and all our memories will be treasured.”

Craig Magee, 24, told The Hunts Post: “Phil was a brilliant character to be around and part of a great family. He could make the dullest of parties a great night by his infectious personality and ability to make anyone laugh. He was a very intelligent guy with the world at his feet; he’ll be missed by a lot of people.”

Guy Podlubny, 23, said: “I’ve laughed so much with Phil over the years. When he was around, you were sure to have a good time. He’s also helped me through so much in my life. I’ll never forget everything he’s done to make my life as good as it has been.

“Jordan’s heart was made of solid gold. I’ll forever miss his cheeky smile and feel saddened that I’ve lost the overwhelming happiness that he brought.”

Also paying tribute to Jordan, Chris Osborne, 23, of Sawtry, said: “Growing up together from the start, we’ve done and shared a lot of things that I’ll never forget.

“You’re my closest friend and were always there when I needed someone; always the guy to lift my spirits and everyone else’s around you. This is not a goodbye as one day I’ll see you again.”

Matthew Nessbach, 20, added: “You’re going to be missed so much brother. Will miss the daily phone call from Jordan when he finished work.”

James Mace, 22, said: “There are few people in life you can call a true friend but Jordan was definitely one of them. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to not seeing his head out the lorry window, waving as we passed each other. It was a pleasure to spend so many unforgettable weekends together – such a unique and inspiring personality. He will always be missed but never forgotten.”

INFORMATION: Phil Watkin’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 6, at St Peter & St Paul Church, Alconbury, at 2pm, followed by a wake at Alconbury Sports and Social Club.

His family have requested everyone wear their brightest colour clothes.

Details of Jordan Gardner’s funeral have not yet been announced.