The funeral is due to take place later today, Wednesday December 4, of 12-year-old Matthew Hayes.
He died after he was hit by a bus on Ryhope Street South in Sunderland nearly two weeks ago.
He was on his way home from school.
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Middlesbrough kept their unbeaten re-entry into the Premier League going drawing 0-0 at West Brom.
He has agreed a two-year contract at St. James' Park and becomes the tenth new face in the Magpies' first team squad this summer.
On the back of three consecutive Championship wins, the Magpies sit fourth, poised to move into the automatic promotion places.