Hundreds of people said farewell to musician Matthew Cogley

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Up to 700 people turned out to say a final goodbye to popular musician Matthew Cogley.

Mourners stood in the aisles, at the back and even outside St Joseph’s Church, in Chorley, at the funeral on Friday for the 30-year-old, who died suddenly on New Year’s Day.

People had travelled from far and wide to pay tribute to Matthew, of Bolton Road, Anderton, who played around the world with band Failsafe and was also a solo artist.

Father Peter Stanley delivered a eulogy written by Matthew’s brother, Martin, about his life and achievements.

There was then a service at Pleasington Crematorium, where again people had to stand outside the door.

Matthew’s grandfather, Charlie, gave a tribute and a song by Matthew, called Thinking Of You, was played.

Afterwards, people went to Chorley FC’s social club, where Matthew’s favourite music was played and a slideshow of images of him was shown on a big screen.

Three more tributes were delivered, by Jim Norris, Matthew’s bandmate in Failsafe, and close friends Seamus McLoughlin and Alex Walsh.

Martin said: “All this is testament to Matthew’s amazing character and talent which provides some small comfort to us knowing how much Matt was loved and valued by people near and far.”

Donations made in Matthew’s memory, as well as money raised from the sale of his solo album, will be used to buy musical instruments for Holy Cross Catholic High School, where he developed his love of music.

A website with photographs and his music can be found at www.matthewjamescogley.com.