Family and friends of a young Sheffield United fan who died after a lifelong battle with his health wore club colours as they gathered to say their final farewells.
Blade Burgess, aged seven, who was born four months prematurely, was laid to rest at City Road cemetery after an emotional funeral service yesterday afternoon.
Among the mourners - all dressed in red, white and black or sporting United shirts were his parents Rosemarie, 38, and Darren, 45.
Blade also leaves behind his twin sister Freya, and his other siblings India, also seven, Sienna, two, Connor, 15, and Kelsey, 16.
The Sheffield United fan, who was named after his family’s favourite club, was laid to rest in a red and white shirt with his name on the back.
Little Blade’s white coffin which had the club crest on the sides was draped in a Sheffield United flag which had been signed by all of the first team players.
Sheffield United ambassador Tony Currie attended the funeral on behalf of the football club along with John Garrett, supporter liaison officer and Gary Sinclair, match day announcer.
Gary met Blade when he was a mascot at Bramall Lane.
Blade, from Arbourthorne, defied the odds by surviving after he was born four months early but spent much of his life in and out of the Children’s Hospital.