Funeral to be held for tragic 15-year-old

Woodford, Duke's Arms pub. Pic of landlord Tony Blyth with collecting tin for lifebelt in memory of Dan McCullagh, 15yo killed in Woodford Lock.

Woodford, Duke's Arms pub. Pic of landlord Tony Blyth with collecting tin for lifebelt in memory of Dan McCullagh, 15yo killed in Woodford Lock.

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The funeral of a 15-year-old boy who drowned after swimming in the River Nene will take place in Woodford on Tuesday, August 14.

The church service is being held for Daniel McCullagh at 2pm at St Mary’s Church, Woodford.

Daniel died on Tuesday, July 24, after struggling in the river between Woodford and Denford.

Following his tragic death, his father Gabriel McCullagh said: “We would like to thank those people who were at the scene and tried hard to save Daniel. Daniel’s loss has hit us all hard: family, friends and the local community.”

A notice published in the Telegraph’s Family Announcements section this week about the funeral, reads: “Beloved son of Gabriel and Deborah, devoted brother of Jack. Daniel will be missed by all his family and many friends.

Any friends of the family are welcome to attend. Flowers or donations if desired, made payable to A Abbott and Sons (to improve local river safety).”

Previously the Telegraph has revealed that half the lifebelts along the River Nene are missing as it is the Environment Agency’s policy not to replace them if they are vandalised or stolen three times. Villagers, organised by local pub landlord Tony Blyth, have launched a fundraising drive to pay for replacement lifebelts.