More than 400 people attended a funeral procession for a seven-year-old Crawley boy who drowned while on a family holiday.
Crawley town centre was a ‘sea of red’ on Friday (August 7) as people wearing custom made red football shirts paid their respects to Crawley Town Boys player, Alfie Gray.
Church bells rang as his hearse was escorted into The Friary church in Haslett Avenue West at 2pm. Father Gerard Hatton, who conducted the service, said: “It was a service of prayers and readings and his favourite songs.”
Tributes were paid by Alfie’s parents, his brother on behalf of his siblings, his aunt and his best friend. Father Gerard said: “They were just very heart felt, they were funny, he was a cheeky boy, they were very poignant and very loving. There wasn’t a dry eye in the church, it was a very sad funeral.”
He said hymns and Alfie’s favourite pop songs Dear Darling by Ollie Murs and Dancing in the Sky were played.
He was buried in Snell Hatch cemetery. Alfie’s favourite football team was Arsenal. The church was covered with red tribute flowers and people wore custom made red football shirts with Alfie, 7.
Alfie, who played for Crawley Town Boys football club’s under-7s, was on a family in Egypt when he drowned in a swimming pool. He has two brothers and two sisters.
He was taken to hospital from the Reef Oasis Beach Resort, Sharm El Sheikh, but died on July 7. He played in the Furngate Sixes football tournament the Saturday before.
Tributes were paid and Alfie’s teammates held a one minute silence before taking part in a football tournament in Maidenbower Park on July 11. It was reported his family left for Egypt the day before he drowned. An inquest into his death will be held at a date to be advised.
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