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Bradley Lowery honoured by Sunderland and Hibernian fans with emotional tribute in friendly

Date Posted,July 8, 2017

Fans of Sunderland and Hibernian stood for a sixth minute applause in honour of Bradley Lowery on Saturday.

The crowd of 9,309 fans honoured Lowery with an impeccably observed memorial during the pre-season friendly at Easter Road.

National sweetheart Lowery sadly “died in his mummy and daddy’s arms” aged six on Friday following his brave fight with a rare form of cancer.

Hibs tweeted: “A ripple of applause goes round Easter Road in tribute to Bradley Lowery, beautifully observed by both sets of fans.”

The Sunderland team again wore black armbands in honour of Lowery.

Sunderland fans join in the round of applause (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Hibs fans join in the round of applause (Image: Getty Images Europe)
The fans joined together to show their appreciation (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Whabi Khazri gave Sunderland the lead in the 42nd minute through Whabi Khazri, before Jermain Lens doubled the advantage after the break.

But the Black Cats couldn’t hold on for the win.

Martin Boyle and Simon Murray scored within five minutes of each other to level the game – and that’s how it finished.

Sunderland are playing their second friendly match in three days after taking on Bury on Friday evening.

Khazri opened the scoring at Easter Road (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Sunderland celebrate their opening goal (Image: Getty Images Europe)
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Lowery was honoured with a pre-match applause from the players and supporters at Gigg Lane.

Bury also announced that all gate receipts from the game – which Sunderland won 3-2 – will go to Bradley’s charity.

Meanwhile, details of Lowery’s funeral have been released by his heartbroken family who are urging mourners to follow the theme “cancer has no colours”

They have asked mourners to wear colourful football tops to celebrate six-year-old’s life when paying their respects.

His family took to the Facebook page announcing the youngster’s funeral will be held on Friday July 14, at 11:15 at St. Josephs R.C Church in Blackhall Colliery.

Lowery captured the hearts of the nation (Image: Sunderland AFC)
He became one of Britain’s most popular youngsters (Image: PA)
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The social media post read: “This is open to everyone who would like to come and celebrate Bradley’s life and pay their respects to show him how much he was loved.

“Not everyone will fit in the church but they are having speakers for people to listen to the service outside and people can line the streets if they wish to do so.

“They will then be having invite only private ceremony at a crematorium.

“The family have requested for no media to be there unless they are not working and attending to pay their respects.

“You can wear what ever you want for the funeral but the family and friends have chosen the theme cancer has no colours. So they are wearing football tops it doesn’t matter what team or colour.

“Due to Bradley’s popularity they would like family flowers only and if you would like to make a donation this can be made to the Bradley Lowery foundation.”

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