Hundreds of mourners yesterday paid their last respects to stabbed school-leaver Glen Corner.
Centenary Avenue in South Shields came to a standstill shortly after 1.30pm in preparation for the youngster's horse-drawn carriage, which was led by half a dozen of Glen's schoolfriends astride mountain bikes.
As the sombre procession drew near St Lawrence's Church, a hush fell across the crowds of mourners, among whom were Ken Gibson, headteacher of Harton Technology College, and police officer Kevin Lambert, chief superintendent of South Tyneside Area Command.
The 40-minute service was led by the Rev Martin Wray, who spoke of the bright youngster's excellent GCSE results, secret out-of-school tuition and his ambitions to become a marine engineer.
The service, which was followed by an interment at Harton Cemetery, came two weeks after Glen, of Wakefield Avenue, South Shields, was stabbed on East Avenue, Harton, in front of friends on the day of his 16th birthday.
Lee Firman, 18, of Thornholme, South Shields, who is charged with Glen's murder, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday and was remanded in custody.