The funeral of inspirational Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery took place on Friday, with thousands lining the streets of his hometown to pay their respects to the six-year-old a week after he lost his brave battle against cancer.
Everton Club ambassadors Graeme Sharp and Ian Snodin were among those to attend the service in Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, as well as four representatives of the Everton Fans’ Forum.
Former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, who struck up a strong friendship with Bradley, joined the youngster’s family in the cortege.
Ahead of the service, the four Everton Fans’ Forum representatives handed out half and half Everton and Sunderland scarves embroidered with the words ‘There’s Only One Bradley Lowery’ to fellow mourners.
Bradley, who suffered from neuroblastoma, was Sunderland’s mascot when the Blues travelled to the Stadium of Light for a Premier League fixture last September.
Having captured the hearts of Evertonians, he was then invited to Goodison Park to be a mascot for a match against Manchester City in January, before visiting the stadium again with Sunderland the following month.
Following the news of Bradley’s passing last week, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said: “One of football’s all-time greats. We are so privileged to have known him... and will always be proud that he chose us as his second club.
“We send our loving thoughts to his mam and dad and his family... plus those who were inspired by him throughout the world of football. Especially our friends the supporters, team and staff at Sunderland AFC. And of course his beloved Jermain. Respect!!
“Bradley Lowery. There's only one Bradley Lowery.”
The thoughts of everybody at Everton Football Club are with Bradley’s parents, Gemma and Carl, brother Kieran, their family and Bradley’s many, many friends.