The family of Bradley Lowery heard a recording of the six-year-old singing the final lines to ‘Smile’ today at his funeral.
Thousands of people dressed in football shirts and as superheroes lined the streets of Blackhall in County Durham as they said their goodbyes to the football mascot that touched the hearts of many around the world.
The crowds joined his heartbroken family and best pal, Jermain Defoe, as they listened to Bradley singing the final lines to a version of the Charlie Chaplin tune, ‘Smile’, and Charlie Puth’s ‘One Call Away’.
He sang the poignant lyrics:
When you just smile.
Superman got nothing on me.
Bradley, whose cheeky smile was known across the world, passed away a week ago in his mum and dad’s arms after battling a rare form of cancer, neurobalstoma.
His mum, Gemma, read out an emotional poem at the start of the ceremony which took place at St Joseph’s Catholic Church.
A smile so big and beautiful it could brighten any room, a real life superhero who left us far too soon.
Although your life with us was short, you must have a job to do in heaven with the angels as God has chosen you.
RIP Bradley. Gone but never forgotten.
You can donate money to the Bradley Lowery foundation here.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.