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Town pays respects at tragic teen funeral

The funeral of Anthony Stubbs, whose body was found in woodland near Worden Park

The funeral of Anthony Stubbs, whose body was found in woodland near Worden Park

Leyland town centre ground to a halt for the funeral of 16-year-old Anthony Stubbs on Monday.

Hundreds of mourners gathered in silence on the steps of St Andrew’s Parish Church, in Worden Lane, as the funeral cortege drew up at noon.

Mums with prams and passing firefighters and bus drivers also stopped to pay their respect to the teen, whose disappearance in November sparked a huge search over Christmas and the New Year.

The coffin of the young dad, who was found dead on land next to Worden Park on January 14, was carried into the church by funeral director pallbearers.

Anthony’s mum, Denise Machin, had to be held up as she walked behind the coffin.

As the church bells began to toll, mourners then followed the family into the church, to the Biffy Clyro song Many of Horror.

On every seat, a printed version of Psalm 23, The Lord Is My Shepherd was placed.

Floral tributes in yellows and oranges, spelt the words ‘bro’ and ‘dad’.

A bunch of flowers was sent by staff at Leyland Police Station, and there was a heart-shaped bouquet, from Anthony’s Uncle Frank and Aunty Gail, which read: “God took you too soon Forever in our hearts you will stay and our memories will live with us forever.”

Anthony, who attended Wellfield Business and Enterprise College, leaves behind his four-month-old daughter Lily, girlfriend Charlotte Mason, brother Oscar, three, and sister Jodie, 15.

 

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