Braiden makes his final journey

The procession makes its way to Christ Church Ince
The procession makes its way to Christ Church Ince

Hundreds of people turned out to say goodbye to brave Braiden Prescott.

His family issued an open invitation to the public to attend his funeral after the seven-year-old lost his battle with neuroblastoma earlier this month.

Braiden Prescott with his parents Stef and Wayne and brother Tyler

Braiden Prescott with his parents Stef and Wayne and brother Tyler

People lined Ince Green Lane, in Ince, as the large procession made its way to Christ Church for a service this afternoon.

Leading the way was Braiden’s dad Wayne and his brothers Tyler and Kody, who were dressed as superheroes.

Behind them was a car carrying flowers and teddies, then a horse-drawn carriage with Braiden’s coffin.

They were followed by relatives, friends and people who had been touched by Braiden’s story.

Many wore blue - Braiden’s favourite colour - while others dressed up as his favourite characters, including Ninja Turtles and Transformers.

The moving funeral service included hymns, prayers, poems and photographs of Braiden.

Tributes were given by relatives, along with staff from Ince CE Primary School, where he was a pupil.

People have also been paying tribute to the youngster on social media.

Lindsay Lamb wrote: “So heartbreaking. Such an inspirational little boy who touched so many hearts.”

Leona Pilkington added: “Little man. Amazing send off for a special little boy.”

Sam Stridgeon said: “Rest in peace little man. My thoughts are with you and your family.”

The service was followed by a burial at Westwood Cemetery and a wake at The Rose Centre in Hindley.

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