Final farewell to tragic ‘Bertie’

Michael Holliday's coffin is carried into Stranton Crematorium
Michael Holliday's coffin is carried into Stranton Crematorium
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FAMILY and friends of a tragic 24-year-old cancer victim gathered to pay their last respects yesterday.

Hartlepool man Michael Holliday, known affectionately as Bertie, lost a 17-month battle with the disease on Sunday.

His death was the second tragedy to hit his mum, 45-year-old Diane Holliday, who lost another son, Gary, to meningitis when he was just seven months old in 1998.

Yesterday, Diane and her other children Dean, 25, Scott, 21, 17-year-old Carl and Courtney, 13, joined other mourners at Stranton Grange Crematorium in Hartlepool to say a final farewell to a much-loved son and brother.