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Defoe joins thousands of mourners for Bradley Lowery funeral

Relatives, friends and mourners dressed as superheroes all attended the Sunderland fan's funeral, along with the Bournemouth striker

England striker Jermain Defoe joined thousands of mourners at the funeral of Sunderland supporter Bradley Lowery on Friday.

The former Black Cats striker, who developed a close friendship with the six-year-old, left Bournemouth's pre-season training camp in Spain in order to attend the service in Blackhall, County Durham.

Thousands of people lined the streets and applauded as the funeral procession passed, with Bradley's coffin travelling in a horse-drawn carriage draped in Sunderland colours.


The funeral service was held at St Joseph's Church and was "open to everyone", his family said in a statement.

"Family and friends have chosen the theme cancer has no colours. So they are wearing football tops it doesn't matter what team or colour," they said on Facebook.

Bradley died last Friday following a lengthy battle with cancer, having been diagnosed at just 18 months old.

Bradley led out England for the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley in March and was a special guest at the Grand National.

His death prompted tributes from thousands of people from across the world.


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