KIRKHAM came to a standstill as a tearful tribute was paid to a tragic baby found abandoned in a stream.
Church bells rang out and scores of people packed into St Michael’s Parish Church to pay their respects to the little boy whose body was discovered by dog walkers in a remote field last October.
The funeral was organised thanks to the generosity of local firms and the community, who donated more than £1,000 to ensure it could go ahead.
Elaine Silverwood, the town’s former mayor, was instrumental in organising the service and said: “It was really very moving and it was a big turn-out for him, everybody wanted to pay their respects.
“I think we take it for granted the community spirit in Kirkham but it is different from other places.
“The service was wonderful – it was very difficult for everyone involved but I think it was a lovely atmosphere in the church.”
The coffin was carried into the church by police sergeant Eamon Miller.
Det Chief Insp Andrea Barrow, who is leading the investigation into the baby’s death, lit a candle of remembrance during the service.
Full report in next week’s Express.