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Funeral of local lad who battled cancer to take place today

Wednesday December 21 2016

Kasabian Newton-Smith Kasabian Newton-Smith

THE funeral of a local lad who achieved his bucket list dream at Barnsley fire station will take place today.

Kasabian Newton-Smith, aged eight, sadly passed away earlier this month after a long battle with cancer.

Part of his bucket list was to be a firefighter, and so he visited Barnsley fire station last month, where he was welcomed to the 'white watch' team for the day.

His plight also touched football fans across the country.

An online appeal for Kasabian to meet his favourite footballer - England Captain Wayne Rooney - went viral, with players up and down the country all posting pictures of themselves doing Rooney's trademark goal celebration with one finger in the air and using the hashtag '1 Last Smile For Kasabian'.

Rooney, who was away with England, sent a video message to Kasabian along with a signed shirt.

Kasabian's funeral is for close family and friends only, but - as he was a keen motorbike fan - Barnsley bikers will join many from across the country as they escort his funeral procession this morning (December 21).

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Reply Posted by Annie on Wednesday December 21 2016 at 12:10
A sad sad day for his family & friends, I hope they are left with only the best of memories and it sounds like people tried hard to give Kasabian some joy.
RIP xxx

Reply Posted by sammy on Wednesday December 21 2016 at 15:12
keep thinking of the good memories you had together ... rip little.man xx