Bradley Lowery funeral: Football fans from around the country pay tribute with #CancerHasNoColours hashtag

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Football fans have donned their favourite team’s strips in honour of Bradley Lowery on the day of the Sunderland mascot’s funeral.

Six-year-old Bradley died last week after long battle with childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

The youngster won the hearts of the nation, and best friend footballer Jermain Defoe, after appearing as a mascot for his beloved team and England.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Blackhall, County Durham, to bid farewell to Bradley on Friday.

His family suggested that those unable to make the public ceremony could wear the colours of their favourite team to work and school, and make a £1 donation to the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

Hundreds took to social media using the hashtag #CancerHasNoColours, and shared pictures of themselves in their kits, representing clubs from across English football and beyond.

One particularly poignant image was shared by Alan Strand, 47, a warehouse operative who was travelling on the number 10 bus in Sunderland when he saw a stranger wearing a Sunderland shirt with the word “Bradley” on the back.

“He was just a random stranger but I did get a lump in my throat, I can tell you. So sad,” he said.


Hundreds lined the streets to bid farewell to Bradley (PA)

Among the tributes posted on Twitter were photos from fans of Sunderland’s local rivals Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool – as well as many more from other parts of the UK.

Football players and clubs from across the world also posted tributes online to the youngster as his family prepared to say goodbye.

Manchester City and England women’s footballer Jill Scott tweeted: “All thoughts will be with Bradley and his family today, Rest in Peace little man xxx”

Spanish club Villareal posted: “Forever Bradley Lowery. We’ll never forget your courage. Rest in peace dear fighter.”

And London’s Queen’s Park Rangers wrote: “Rest in peace, brave Bradley.”


Jermain Defoe breaks down in tears at Bradley Lowery’s funeral (REUTERS)

Bradley’s “best mate”, England and Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe, was pictured breaking down in tears as he left the boy’s funeral.

Defoe donned his England shirt to celebrate Bradley’s life.

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