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Parents of teenager who drowned in Clophill lake make the saddest journey of their lives - to their child's funeral

Conor McColl's funeral. Photo:

The saddest journey a parent can make is the journey to their child's funeral. Today the parents of Conor McColl made that journey, together with the rest of his family and many, many friends.

It's now nearly three weeks since the 15-year-old from Luton drowned while swimming in open water.

Conor McColl. Credit: Bedfordshire Police
The hearse at Conor McColl's funeral.
Flowers spell out to word 'Brother'.

"Conor will be remembered as someone who loved the outdoors, was protective of his parents, brother and sisters and good to his friends.

"Conor made people happy by being with them, and his smile lit up the room. For many of his family and friends at this time, it feels as if the light has gone out."

– Conor's family
The cortege, led by two white horses.
Dozens waited outside the chapel.

Many more mourners were waiting for the cortege, led by two white horses, to arrive at the town's cemetery.

So many wished to pay their respects that several dozen had to listen to the service from outside the chapel. Many chose to wear specially made t-shirts in his honour.

Many wore special t-shirts made to honour 15-year-old Conor McColl.

Conor's death at Clophill Lake in Bedfordshire on July 25th was one of several drownings in the region during the recent heatwave.

The same day rescue teams recovered the body of a 15-year-old boy from the River Ouse in Hartford near Huntingdon.

Flowers left by friends for a 15-year-old boy who drowned at the River Ouse in Hartford near Huntingdon.

The next day, a 61-year-old man drowned in the Blue Lagoon Lake near Bletchley.

The Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve.

On Sunday 27th July a 57-year-old canoeist died at Sixfields lake in Northampton.

And last week the Blue Lagoon near Bletchley claimed its second victim - a woman who had been rescued from the lake on Wednesday, but died in hospital two days later.

Today it was the turn of Conor's family to publicly mourn his loss. The funerals of the other four victims will be held in due course.

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