An eye-catching funeral cortege has marked the life of a 15-year-old boy who tragically died at the Appleby Horse Fair.

The moving sight of floral tributes, Irish flags, and photographs of Denis Ward could be seen along Tong Street, Bradford, on Tuesday (June 27).

White horses adorned with blue feathers were attached to a carriage outside St. Columba's Church.

The funeral was held at the church before the procession travelled to Bowling Cemetery. 

Meanwhile, an array of luxury silver Rolls Royce cars and white vans with ‘DenisNO1’ plates, Manchester United stickers, and ice cream cone statues lined the street.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The floral tributes to Denis Ward, 15, on Tong StreetThe floral tributes to Denis Ward, 15, on Tong Street (Image: Newsquest)

One sign affectionately referred to the teenager as 'My DEN, Our DEN, My Beauty, Baby DEN'.

The teenager died six days after he was critically injured in an incident on June 9.

It occured along Long Marton Road, close to the junction with Belgravia in Appleby.

Cumbria Police said the teenager had jumped off the back of a moving vehicle and hit his head off the ground.

Emergency services were called to Appleby Horse Fair at around 6.40pm in the evening. Officers first on the scene provided first aid before handing over to the ambulance service. 

In the latest update, police said a man who was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving had been released under investigation.

The Telegraph & Argus has contacted the force for an up-to-date statement.  

Tributes have been paid across social media to the much loved teenager.

One social media user asked people to keep the Ward family in their thoughts on the day of Denis' funeral.

"May the lord give strength and carry them absolutely heart breaking," she said. 

Another wrote: "Young Denis is getting laid to rest today. RIP YOUNG Denis Ward."

T&A readers were among those sharing messages of condolence to the family.

Pauline Smith said: "Beautiful send off may he rest in peace."

Another reader, Paula, said: "Rest in paradise young man x thinking of the family."

Mohammad Yaqoob said: "My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. RIP young man."

Photos and videos of the young boy were also shared on TikTok.

The investigation into the tragic incident remains ongoing, Cumbria Police said. 

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who witnessed what occurred and has yet to come forward to do so.

The public can report information online at and 101.

People should quote the incident number 233 of June 9, 2023.


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Share your tributes, messages of condolence and memories hereSo young gone too soon rip sweet boy your in god's house now