The funeral of a Swinton boy killed in a car crash last month will take place today – with a letter from Sir Alex Ferguson among the condolences.
Manchester United fan Cameron Cash, 14, lost his life after being hit by a car on the A580 East Lancs on September 22.
Mourners have been asked to wear football shirts or bright clothing to the funeral – taking place at Agecroft Cemetery at 12.20pm – where ‘everybody is welcome to celebrate his life’.
Speaking in tribute of their son, parents Sharon and Paul said: “Cameron was a drop dead gorgeous boy. He was a cheeky boy, but he was our cheeky boy.
“He was the light of our lives and leaves Mum, Dad, brother Tom and sister Grace with a gaping hole in our lives.”
The family have been overwhelmed by the messages of support and tributes that have poured in to Cameron.
This included a personally written letter from the United boss on behalf of the entire club.
“On behalf of everyone here at Manchester United I would like to express our sincere condolences,” wrote Sir Alex.
“The pain of losing someone so dear to you is hard, but no one can take away the wonderful memories that you will have of your time together.
“I know that words seem of little help, but trust that these words of comfort and the knowledge that you are in our thoughts and prayers will help sustain you in your sorrow.”
Before arriving at the cemetery, the procession will leave from Cameron’s home in Ennerdale Avenue before passing by Moorside High School at 11.45am.
Nigel Ogden, head teacher at the Cameron’s former school, said: “He had a positive attitude, a great sense of humour and an infectious energy and enthusiasm which meant he was a really likeable and popular student.”