HUNDREDS of people came together to say goodbye to a much-loved young man who died after going missing on New Year’s Day.

Friends, family and members of the community gathered at St Paul’s Church, Ramsbottom, for the funeral of Steven Dyson.

The 22-year-old was reported missing on New Year’s Day after he failed to return to his home in Beechwood Avenue, Ramsbottom, after a party.

The whole community rallied round and mass searches were carried out after his disappearance.

His body was later found in the River Irwell in Summerseat.

People were asked to wear green for the service and hundreds of people gathered outside the church to pay their respects and show their support.

The Reverend Andy Lindop read a tribute about Steven, who worked at House of Fraser, on behalf of his mother, Lorraine Roach.

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Steven Dyson and mum Lorraine Roach

He said: “Steven had a love of fashion and always dressed in the latest trends. He was known for smelling wonderful all the time.

“His working life was always in retail. He loved to charm the women, advising them on clothes, make-up and perfume. His advice was always spot on.

“He loved a good night out but was also a home bird and he enjoyed his own company in his bedroom."

Mrs Roach also read out an emotional poem she had written about her son.

People were asked to reflect and think of Steven as High by the Lighthouse Family played.

Speaking during the service, Bury North MP James Frith, said: "It is at the worst of times we see the best in people.

"When we heard the news at New Year it pulled at us all.

"Steven you brought our town together. We pulled together for you and you leave us sad but closer than ever.

"You are gone but not forgotten and Ramsbottom will not forget you or your family."

His coffin was carried out of the church to Somewhere Only We Know by Lily Allen.

Following the service there was a private ceremony for close family and friends before everyone gathered at the British Legion for the wake, where the search operation to find him was organised from.