Traffic came to a standstill as hundreds of people turned out to say goodbye to a popular teenager.
Roads in Norley and Pemberton were closed this afternoon for a procession for the funeral of 15-year-old Cameron Chadwick.
A hearse and a carriage pulled by two horses led the way from Cameron’s home in Norley, followed by hundreds of friends, relatives and classmates on foot.
The carriage contained a coffin covered in photographs of Cameron.
The procession stopped on Helvellyn Road, where Cameron was fatally injured after falling off a motorbike earlier this month.
Mourners braved the strong wind and rain to observe a minute’s silence, standing alongside floral tributes left for the teenager.
The procession continued to Pemberton St John’s Church for a funeral service.
People of all ages packed into the church, including many of Cameron’s classmates from Abraham Guest Academy wearing their school uniforms.
The service opened with song Changes and a projector showed photographs of Cameron throughout his life.
Tributes were paid by his family and school.
The service heard he was born on January 28 , 2002 with “sparkling blue eyes, white hair and pale skin” and was the centre of attention.
Cameron was described as a “ball of energy” and as he grew up he made lots of friends.
He taught his six-year-old sister Brodie to do backflips, play pranks and cheat on computer games.
He was described as “selfless” and “ambitious” and he had a “beaming smile”.
The service included songs performed by his friends, prayers and hymn Amazing Grace.
There was applause as the procession left the church to head to Wigan Crematorium for committal.
Cameron died on Tuesday, February 7 and was survived by mum Stacey, sister Brodie, dad John, nan Pat, Stacey’s partner Ian Adamczyk and his 10-year-old son Louey.
His family hope to create a lasting legacy by setting up the Cameron Chadwick Foundation in his memory.
It will do work with young people in the community and help other families in similar situations, with funeral costs for example.
Donations can be made here