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Mourners brave the rain for funeral of little boy from Manchester

Guests at the funeral wore brightly coloured rain macs Credit: Regional Syndication

Hundreds of mourners braved the rain to pay tribute to a seven-year-old boy who died from a rare brain cancer.

Blaise Nelson, from Didsbury, south Manchester, died in October after a long battle with multiple brain tumours.

Guests at his funeral yesterday wore brightly coloured macs and held rainbow umbrellas mourners as they lined the streets outside his home.

The youngster's fight against the disease was often difficult, but his parents, Rachel and Chris, said he refused to let it define him.

Instead, Blaise spent his last year playing with friends, learning at school, dancing, singing and enjoying life.

Credit: Regional Syndication

The funeral procession started at the Nelson family home on Parrswood Road.

Loved ones filled the church and the adjacent hall as videos of Blaise’s happiest moments were played on screens.

During one moving moment, the congregation joined in, as family friend Yvonne Shelton sang an a capella solo of Damian Marley’s We're Gonna Make It.

Blaise’s school, Broad Oak Primary, was closed for the day so friends, parents and teaching staff could attend the ceremony.

In the last year the little schoolboy went through major surgery, chemotherapy and several rounds of radiotherapy.

Happy Mondays star Rowetta and MC Tunes were among musicians who performed at a festival to support Blaise in September.