Hundreds expected for open funeral of teen

HUNDREDS are expected to attend the funeral on Friday of a teenager who died from his injuries after his bicycle was in a collision with a car.

James Woodall’s funeral will take place at Royston Parish Church at 1.45pm.

His family are excepting around 300 people, including relatives from Canada and Czech Republic, to attend.

James’ dad Ian Woodall said: “James was loved by so many people that we have opened the service to anyone who knew him and wants to pay their last respects.”

James, who lived with his family in Wimpole after moving from Royston in December, was cycling to school on Monday March 7 when his bike was in collision with a car near the junction of the A603 and Hurdleditch Road, Orwell.

He was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital but died from his injuries on March 13.

Friends from Bassingbourn Village College and Hills Road Sixth Form College, where James was a student, are expected.

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He was described as “delightful,” “hard-working” and “expected to achieve highly” in tributes paid by his teachers last week.

The family have asked that people do not bring flowers but make donations to Friends of Chernobyl Children.

James and his family had hosted children from Chernobyl and had fund-raised for them as part of work for the Melbourn charity.