Friends queue to pay their respects

PUBLISHED: 16:18 12 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 26 October 2009

MORE than 150 youngsters have paid their respects to their school friend who died suddenly, aged just 13. Mathew Blease has been visited at the chapel of rest by classmates and football pals. Mum Karen, of Bakers Grove, WGC said she was comforted to kno

MORE than 150 youngsters have paid their respects to their school friend who died suddenly, aged just 13.

Mathew Blease has been visited at the chapel of rest by classmates and football pals.

Mum Karen, of Bakers Grove, WGC said she was comforted to know her son, who was a pupil at Sir Frederic Osborn school, was so popular.

"The kids have shown so much respect for Mathew and us," she said.

"We think Panshanger Football Club has done a lot for these kids to make them what they are.

"Without them I don't think we would have got through it."

Funeral director John Warwick said children were queuing outside the business in Hyde Way, WGC.

He said: "I have never had it like this before.

"The children have been brilliant."

The funeral takes place on Monday at St John's Church in Monks Rise, WGC.

Anyone who knew Mathew is welcome from 11.30am, followed by a burial at Hatfield Hyde cemetery, Hollybush Lane, WGC.

A celebration of Mathew's life will take place at Panshanger Football Club at Moneyhole Park, off Sylvan Way, following the service.

The family have requested that mourners wear football shirts if they wish.

Family flowers only.

Donations can be made through funeral directors Warwick and Peters.

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