Funeral to be held for teen who was the ‘life and soul’

Gareth Stringfellow
Gareth Stringfellow

The funeral will take place this week of a football-mad Chorley teenager who died on a railway line.

The body of Gareth Stringfellow, 18, of Doris Street, Chorley, was found close to the railway line in Coppull two weeks ago.

Hundreds of friends and family are expected to turn out at St Joseph’s Church on Harper’s Lane in football shirts on Friday to pay their last respects to Gareth.

The youngster, who attended Holy Cross Catholic High School, was known as a talented footballer and had started out playing for Chorley St Gregory’s and had trials with Blackburn Rovers before joining the academy at Bolton and then playing for Preston until being released as a 16-year-old.

He was handed his debut at 16 with Evo-Stik League Premier Division side Kendal Town, and later played for local teams, most recently, Lostock St Gerard’s in the West Lancashire League.

Family and friends will walk behind the funeral cortege as it leaves the family home on Doris Street at 9.45am on Friday morning before the service starts at St Joseph’s at 10am. It will be followed by a service at Charnock Richard Crematorium.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.