Thousands lined the streets of Bradley Lowery’s home town for his funeral today.
The six-year-old Sunderland fan, from Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, died on Friday following a long, hard fight against cancer.
Jermain Defoe, who forged a strong and loving bond with Bradley, joined his family in the cortege.
The service, held at St Joseph’s Church, paid tribute to an “incredible little boy with a huge personality”
His mother summed it up beautifully: “He had a smile so big and beautiful it could brighten any room. A real brave superhero, he left us all too soon.
“He touched the hearts of many – the most inspirational boy. A loving, caring son and brother – a beautiful star.
“Although your time with us was short, you must have a job to do in heaven with the angels as God has chosen you.
“For now my baby we’ll say goodbye. We’ll meet again our superhero high up in the sky.”