Mother plans ‘happy’ final send-off for son found dead in North Sea

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A mother plans a “happy” final send-off for her son whose body was recovered from the North Sea eight weeks after he went missing.

The remains of Daniel Smith, of Hendon, were finally released back to his family on Friday after DNA tests confirmed his identity.

The former Whitburn Comprehensive School pupil went missing on Friday, March 20.

Now his mother Cath Leach plans to give him a celebratory send-off at the Hedworth Hall in South Shields from 11am on Tuesday, June 16, followed by burial at Harton Cemetery and a gathering at the Marsden Inn pub.

Miss Leach, 45, has asked anyone planning to attend the funeral not to wear black and to dress-up in bright tops and football shirts for the occasion, “because that’s what Danny would have wanted”.

She said: “I want it to be a celebration of Danny’s life”