Hundreds of mourners lined the streets of the home town of Bradley Lowery, a football-loving six-year-old boy whose battle with cancer captured the hearts of many people in Britain.
Some of those attending the funeral in Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, dressed as super-heroes as a tribute to the boy’s determination to fight the disease.
Others wore the shirts of local soccer club Sunderland that he supported:
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of
Bradleysfight</a> on this sad day. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OneBradleyLowery?src=hash">#OneBradleyLowery</a> 💙 <a href="https://t.co/UmnOnUuC1V">pic.twitter.com/UmnOnUuC1V</a></p>— Sunderland AFC (SunderlandAFC) July 14, 2017
Lowery became known nationally as he accompanied Sunderland players in taking to the pitch before matches, often in the arms of striker and England international Jermaine Defoe ,who once described the child as his best friend.
Defoe travelled from Spain, where he was training with his new club Bournemouth, to attend the funeral, where he joined Bradley’s family in the cortege.
Bradley was diagnosed with neuroblastoma aged 18 months and died on July 7th 2017.