Emotional farewell at 13-year old Burnley fan's funeral
BURNLEY manager Sean Dyche paused to pay his respects to a teenage fan as hundreds gathered for the 13-year-old’s funeral.
Family and friends of Henry Tattersall said goodbye to the Burnley fan at an emotional service yesterday ((THURS)).
There was standing room only at St Nicholas’ Church in Henry’s home village of Newchurch, Rossendale, as dozens of friends and family wore football colours to celebrate Henry’s life.
After the funeral, staff at Turf Moor, including Dyche, lined Harry Potts Way in Burnley as the cortège made its way to Burnley Crematorium.
At the service conducted by Rev Shelia Lynch, Henry’s claret and blue coffin, which also featured the Burnley FC badge, was carried into the church to the Terence Jay song One Blood, from the film Green Street.
They included pupils from Henry’s school, Brambles East in Darwen, and his former schools Holy Trinity CE Primary and Fearns College, both in Stacksteads, and Oswaldtwistle School.
Henry was found hanged at his home in Brow Edge, Newchurch, last Monday. An inquest into his death has been adjourned until next year.
During a tearful speech, Henry’s mum, Eve, said: “The Henry I’m holding onto is the one running up the front steps, face beaming, with two bags of Christmas shopping and his pupil of the week award.
“I am so proud of him. I won’t say goodbye because, to me, you are just having a special sleep. I love you.”
She also paid tribute to paramedics who battled to save Henry and her neighbour, Mark Lynch, who she described as ‘absolutely amazing’ in helping the family cope with their loss.
Among the songs played during the service were the theme tune to Disney TV show Henry Hugglemonster - a nickname given to Henry by his younger siblings - and the track Hey Brother by Swedish dance artist Avicii.
There were also readings from the Bible, Psalm 139 and Revelation 21, picked by Henry’s family.
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