Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Farewell to a Boy Who Brought the Nation Together

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Farewell to a Boy Who Brought the Nation Together

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Byline: Laura Hill Reporter

T was the moment everyone had wished would never come.

IYesterday brave Bradley Lowery was laid to rest after his all too short life.

The streets of Blackhall Colliery came to a standstill as thousands gathered to say goodbye to the courageous six-year-old Sunderland fan who captured the heart of the nation.

The packed village fell silent as the bagpipes of the procession echoed through the streets.

A police escort led the procession down the main street and officers on patrol tied football shirts to their belts to pay respects to the little football fan.

Crowds gathered outside St Joseph's Catholic Church, the place where Bradley was christened just six years ago, one week after his death following a battle with cruel childhood cancer neuroblastoma. Avengers superhero characters walked ahead of a white horse drawn hearse with white horses decorated with the SAFC crest.

The gathered crowds burst into spontaneous applause, releasing blue balloons as the coffin passed with Bradley's name written in white flowers - with dashes of red of course.

The superheroes saluted as Bradley's heartbroken family followed the hearse, mum Gemma, dad Carl and Bradley's brother Keiran walked arm in arm dressed in matching Sunderland shirts with 'Lowery 6' emblazoned on the back.

Bradley's best pal Jermain Defoe joined the family in the procession, wearing an England shirt with Bradley's name on the back.

Elvis Presley's "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You" played as mourners poured into the church for the service which was led by Father Ian Jackson who described Bradley as a "wonderful little boy who touched the lives of millions of people".

Mum Gemma choked back tears as she read aloud a poem for her special little boy.

"A smile so big and beautiful it could brighten any room, A real brave superhero, he left us far too soon, You touched the hearts of many, the most inspirational boy by far, A loving caring son and brother, a beautiful star, Although your time with us was short, you must have a job to do, In heaven with the angels as God has chosen you, Our lives and hearts are broken way beyond repair, We're looking for some comfort, we've got each other, we'll be there, For now my baby we'll say goodbye, We'll meet again, my superhero, high in the sky. …

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