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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Workington mum’s heartbroken warning over drugs

A devastated mother has warned mourners at her son’s funeral of the perils of drugs.

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REMEMBERING: Family and friends gather at St Michael's Church, Workington, for the funeral of Matthew 'Buckie' Holliday

Matthew Scott Holliday, 31, nicknamed Buckie, of Main Road, Harrington, was found dead at Flimby beach on Sunday, December 29.

Hundreds of mourners at St Michael’s Church. Workington, heard the song The Drugs Don’t Work by The Verve, which was played at the request of his mum Barbara as a message to everyone.

Canon Bryan Rowe, who led the service, said: “Most people here today know that Matthew battled and dabbled with drugs, using them to lift his spirits.

“Don’t let his mistakes be your mistakes. That’s the message his mum wants to share.

“Matthew’s passing came so suddenly and unexpectedly that it’s left so many in our community and beyond feeling numb, but this is a fraction of what his family feel at this time. It’s a time when tears and grief are only natural and not to be feared.

“I’ve heard and read some marvellous tributes to him, and a great picture had been painted of a determined and mischievous young man who did his own thing.

“He loved his family and friends but struggled at times with life and events.”

He was cremated at Distington Hall Crematorium.

Mr Holliday attended St Michael’s, St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s schools in Workington.

He was a regular DJ at the town’s Royal Oak pub.

Donations collected at the service will go towards the work of the church.

Money given to the undertaker or placed in the box at the crematorium will be donated to Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

An inquest into Mr Holliday’s death has been opened and adjourned.

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