Hundreds attend Alfie Gray’s funeral in Sussex town centre

Hundreds of people attended a funeral procession for a seven-year-old Crawley boy who drowned while on a family holiday.

Funeral of young boy Alfie (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150708-154734001
Funeral of young boy Alfie (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150708-154734001

Crawley town centre was a ‘sea of red’ today (August 7) as people wearing red football shirts paid their respects to Crawley Town Boys player, Alfie Gray.

Church bells rang as his hearse was escorted by three silver cars and police into The Friary church in Haslett Avenue West at around 2pm.

A passer-by said it was like a celebrity wedding.

Funeral of young boy Alfie (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150708-154723001

She said: “There were hundreds of people with football shirts.

“It was a sea of red.

“The church bells were ringing.

“The flowers were unbelievable.”

Funeral of young boy Alfie (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150708-154932001

Alfie Gray, who played for Crawley Town Boys football club’s under-7s, was on a family in Egypt when he drowned in a swimming pool.

He was taken to hospital from the Reef Oasis Beach Resort, Sharm El Sheikh, but died on July 7.

Jason Edwards, a spokesman for travel agent Holiday Gems, said: “Needless to say the family is absolutely devastated - we are in regular contact with them.

“A full and thorough investigation is currently being carried out into the circumstances leading to this tragic accident.

“Our sincere thoughts and condolences are with the entire family at this extremely sad time.

“Holiday Gems are currently providing full support and assistance to the family and are working closely with the tour operator, the local authorities and the hotel management.”

Tributes have been paid and Alfie’s teammates held a one minute silence before taking part in a football tournament in Maidenbower Park on July 11.

He played in the Furngate Sixes football tournament the Saturday before.

It was reported his family left for Egypt the day before Alfie drowned.

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