TEARS mixed with laughter as more than 400 mourners paid their respects to teenager Grant Adams.
The SAFC fan, who was born in Sunderland and lived in Pennywell before moving to South Shields some years ago, was laid to rest this afternoon.
The 17–year–old’s funeral service was so well attended the majority of friends and loved ones had to stand outside.
Grant suffered horrific throat injuries after falling into a sunbed at the home he shared with mum Amanda Smedley on June 8.
He was flown by air ambulance to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, but died the next day.
Father David Carr told the congregation at South Shields Crematorium, that while Grant’s life has been short, he has given new life and hope to others by donating his organs.
He said: “We have to give thanks to God for Grant’s life. Family and friends are taking comfort that by donating his organs Grant has given many other people a new chance of life and new hope.
“All of us here today are agonising over this tragic death, surely Grant had so much to live for, so many more years to give, the truth is we will never be able to make sense of what’s happened, but as Christians we acknowledge that the place Grant held in your hearts will never be replaced.”
Grant was due to become a dad with 15-year-old girlfirend Sharna Gardner. The pair knew they were having a girl and had already chosen the name Rhkiya Mae.