FAMILY, friends and everyone who loved Charlie Procter gathered at his funeral to see him for the last time.

More than 100 people watched as the five-year-old’s coffin was carried into St Paul’s Church in Oswaldtwistle yesterday.

Charlie had lost his battle with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of cancer, which he had been fighting since 2016.

The bright green coffin was decorated with his favourite cartoon characters from the children’s tv show ‘PJ Masks’.

Rev Martin Joss, the vicar of Oswaldtwistle, who spoke on behalf of Amber Schofield and Ben Procter, Charlie’s parents, said the pair thanked everyone for attending and supporting them.

He said: “The death of a child in particular I think normally leads to many with the question of why?

“It’s an impossible question to answer.

“We are utterly heartbroken we won’t get to watch him grow.

“When Charlie became ill our lives changed.

“Through it all, he never asked why he was poorly.”

A version of ‘True Colours’, performed by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick for the 2016 Trolls film, a song Charlie would sing to his mum, was played during the service.

Around £360,000 had been raised to help the family get Charlie to potentially life-saving treatment in the US, including a £10,000 donation from pop singer Pink.

However Charlie died shortly before 11pm on Friday November 9.

On behalf of Mr Procter and Miss Schofield, Rev Joss said: “Charlie never gave up, he’s a true inspiration.

“We only had five short years, it has gone in a blink of an eye.

“We think of all the things Charlie will never experience, riding a bike, building a big snowman, starting high school, getting married and so much more.

“We have to remember his experience was not like most five year olds.

“We are most thankful to have shared such an amazing moment that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.”

Ed Sheeran’s song, Supermarket Flowers was also played during the service.