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Town pays respects at funeral of tragic teen

Anthony Stubbs

Anthony Stubbs

Leyland town centre ground to a temporary halt for the funeral of 16-year-old Anthony Stubbs.

Hundreds of mourners gathered in silence on the steps of St Andrew’s Parish Church in Worden Lane, as the funeral cortege drew up on Monday at noon.

Mums with prams and passing firefighters and bus drivers also stopped to pay their respect to the teen, whose disappearance sparked a huge search..

The coffin of the young dad, who was found on land next to Worden Park on January 14, was carried into the church by funeral director pallbearers.

Anthony’s mum, Denise Machin, had to be held up as she walked behind the coffin.

As the church bells began to toll, mourners then followed the family into the church, to the Biffy Clyro song Many of Horror.

On every seat, a printed version of Psalm 23, The Lord Is My Shepherd was placed.

Floral tributes in yellows and oranges, spelt the words ‘bro’ and ‘dad’.

A bunch of flowers was sent by staff at Leyland Police Station, and there was a heart-shaped bouquet, from Anthony’s Uncle Frank and Aunty Gail, which read: “God took you too soon.

Forever in our hearts you will stay and our memories will live with us forever.”

Anthony, who attended Wellfield Business and Enterprise College, was last seen at his home on Leyland Lane at around 1pm on Sunday, November 25. He intended to go to his mother’s address at nearby Southbrook Road, but never arrived.

A national media campaign was launched to find Anthony, who had a four-month-old daughter, Lily, with girlfriend Charlotte Mason. Speaking at the time, Charlotte, 18, described Anthony as “a great dad” who was looking forward to celebrating Lily’s first Christmas.

He also leaves brother Oscar, three, and sister, Jodie, 15.

 

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