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The funeral of Kieran Maxwell takes place in County Durham

Shildon, County Durham Photo: ITV

Friends and family of Kieran Maxwell have gathered in County Durham for his funeral.

The teenager died seven years after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.

The 18-year-old from Heighington, near Darlington, is being laid to rest at St John's Church in Shildon, at a private funeral.

Kieran Maxwell Credit: ITV

Over 700 people attended Kieran's funeral, while his coffin was carried in by members of Durham Constabulary. He had dreamed of joining the force one day.

An Olympic torch floral display was placed by his coffin.

An Olympic torch floral display Credit: ITV

Reverend David Tomlinson who led the church service said: "Kieran's motto was, 'you only live once, I'm just living quicker than anybody else'. He really lived that and her really grabbed life, thinking that his legacy is not simply around sport, it is around inspiring people to live their lives."