Crowds line streets of Catterick to say goodbye to Joshua


Crowds of people lined the streets of Catterick Garrison today to say goodbye to eight-year-old Joshua Slater.

Young and old gathered on the route of the funeral cortege from Colburn to his family home in Catterick and then to the church in Hipswell.

Many of those gathered were wearing football shirts as Joshua was a keen player for Catterick Garrison Football Centre, where mum Kirsty is a coach.

Others where holding sunflowers which was another of Joshua’s passions.

Sunflowers were also evident in shop windows in Catterick with others displaying Chelsea flags – the team Joshua supported.

Hundred of bikers, who had come from across the region, gathered at the leisure centre and joined the funeral procession for it’s journey to the church.

Among the motorcyclists were friends Dave Collie and Ross Bremner.

Dave, from Richmond, said: “It’s just amazing to see how the biking community has come out in force for a little boy who lived his bikes.”



Players from local junior football teams were among those lining the route in their team kit, with clubs from Catterick, Richmond and the Dales represented.

One Leyburn mum told how her son’s team was due to play Joshua’s team the week he died.

She said: “We just wanted to come and show our respects.”



Joshua died in a collision in Somerset Close, Catterick, on September 5.