Firefighter funeral

Firefighters from across the country are traveling to Gorleston-on-Sea to attend Alan Soards's funeral

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Hundreds turn out for funeral

Funeral cortege
Funeral cortege Credit: ITV Anglia

Hundreds of people have turned out for the funeral of popular Lowestoft fireman Alan Soards. The path to the church is lined with colleagues from all 40 fire and rescue services in the country.

Suffolk firefighter's funeral
Suffolk firefighter's funeral Credit: ITV Anglia

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Suffolk firefighter funeral

Funeral cortege
Funeral cortege Credit: ITV Anglia

Firefighters have gathered to pay respects to Alan Soards. The Suffolk firefighter died during a training exercise at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire.

Funeral cortege
Funeral cortege Credit: ITV Anglia

Alan Soards's coffin has travelled on the back of a turntable ladder fire engine. The cortege was formed at Lowestoft South Fire Station. A Guard of Honour will be formed at St Andrew's Church in Gorleston-on-Sea.

His coffin will be carried by pallbearers from Alan's watch at Lowestoft South Fire Station and led by a piper through the Guard of Honour and into the church.