Kieran Knight: Funeral of boy who drowned in France

Mourners were asked by the family to wear T-shirts with funny slogans

The funeral has taken place of a Derbyshire teenager who died while swimming off the French coast.

Kieran Knight, 16, from Newhall, disappeared while swimming with his father near the town of Messanges, near the Spanish border, on 24 July.

It is thought he was swept away from the shore by a strong undercurrent.

The family asked mourners to wear T-shirts with funny slogans or Dr Who ties, as Kieran was a big fan of the television series.

'One of life's good guys'

The service was held at Emmanuel Church in Swadlincote, where Kieran was a Sunday school leader, and included some of his favourite songs.

Kieran Knight It is thought Kieran Knight got caught by a strong undercurrent

The Rev Graham Rutter said: "He was quiet until you got to know him. He had a sense of fun and a deep way of looking at the world.

"He has been described as one of life's good guys and I think that sums him up."

Kieran, who dreamed of becoming a primary school teacher, had been due to collect his GCSE results on Thursday.

Anne-Marie Conroy, assistant head at William Allitt School, said: "He worked very hard and I am sure his family will be very proud of him.

"It is awful that he won't be collecting them [his results] himself."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Derby

Weather

Derby

12 °C 3 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    Your views 13:25:

    Tell us what you think of BBC Local Live. We'd like your feedback about this service.

     
  2.  
    Complaints over bins 13:10: Derby Telegraph

    A new paid-for garden waste collection service in Derby has begun - and already there are complaints about missed collections.

     
  3.  
    Why is today called Good Friday? 12:55:

    It is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion. So why is it called Good Friday? BBC Magazine Monitor has the answer here.

    Reverend Alistair Prince walks through Croxteth Country park, Liverpool
     
  4.  
    Coming up 12:40: Angelina Socci BBC East Midlands Today

    Coming up on East Midlands Today at 13:15, all the latest headlines plus that all important bank holiday weather forecast. Join us on BBC One for the latest.

     
  5.  
    M1 crash latest 12:24:

    A driver has been seriously injured and part of the M1 in Derbyshire remains closed after a crash involving two lorries. Read more on BBC News.

     
  6.  
    Plans for development site to be revealed 12:11: Belper News

    Tesco is set to give members of the public their first glimpse of plans for the huge development site they own in Belper.

     
  7.  
    Your photos: East Midlands 11:57: via Facebook

    BBC East Midlands Today has added nine new photos to the album EASTER PHOTO ALBUM 2014.

    Photos taken in and around the East Midlands

    Send your photos to us and we'll feature our favourite ones on BBC Local Live and social media.

     
  8.  
    M1 lorries removed 11:41:

    Highways Agency tweets: #M1 On the M1(S), J29 - J28, replacement lorries are on scene & were now removing the loads from the original HGVs involved in the accident.

    Keep up to date with the latest diversions following the M1 southbound closure on BBC Travel News.

     
  9.  
    'Lads need your support' 11:28:

    Chesterfield FC tweets: Morning everyone. Another big game today as Chesterfield take on @OfficialECFC at 3pm this afternoon. The lads need your support.

     
  10.  
    Chesterfield v Exeter 11:12:

    Chesterfield boss Paul Cook will select from an unchanged squad against Exeter and could hand winger Gary Roberts a place in the starting line-up.

     
  11.  
    Man jailed for abusing baby 10:59: Derby Telegraph

    A 53-year-old man who went to a police station to confess he had sexually abused a baby years ago has been jailed.

     
  12.  
    Belper Passion 10:40:

    A traditional Passion play with a modern twist will be making its way around Belper this morning.

    It's an updated re-telling of the Easter story with uniformed thugs instead of Romans.

    Writer George Gunby says it's more George Orwell than swords and sandals.

     
  13.  
    'Easter Eggstravaganza' 10:27:

    Derby Museums tweets: We are OPEN today for an Easter Eggstravaganza- a whole day of crafts, story telling and face painting! Free, 10-3pm derbymuseums.org/events/eggstra

     
  14.  
    Long journey ahead 10:10: Ed Dawes BBC Radio Derby

    It's match day and I'm travelling from Pembrokeshire to Doncaster... Who's got a longer journey for tonight's match?

    You can hear coverage of Doncaster v Derby on BBC Radio Derby (FM only) from 19:00 tonight.

     
  15.  
    Driver sustains 'serious injuries' 10:00:

    The M1 is closed southbound at Tibshelf Services after a crash involving two lorries at about 04:55.

    Derbyshire Police say one of the drivers sustained serious injuries and is being treated at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital.

    Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is urged to contact the force on 101.

     
  16.  
    Park gates to be restored 09:45:

    The War Memorial Gates at Swadlincote's Eureka Park are being taken away this weekend for restoration work.

    Eureka Park in Swadlincote

    The gates are a focus for local Remembrance Day events. The restoration is part of a £500,000 project to restore the park after it was given a National Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

     
  17.  
    LATEST UPDATES
  18.  
    'No lack of focus' 09:29:

    Derby County head coach Steve McClaren insists they'll be no lack of focus from his players going in to the Championship run-in.

    Derby have four games left, and begin their Easter weekend at Doncaster this evening.

    A victory will seal their place in the playoffs at least, though there's still a slim chance they could catch Burnley for the second automatic promotion spot.

     
  19.  
    M1 closed for 'several hours' 09:16:

    Highways Agency tweets: #M1 #Derbyshire Early expectation is that the M1(S), J29 - J28, will remain closed for several hours. Expect delays and allow extra time.

    For more updates on the M1 crash follow @HAtraffic_emids on Twitter.

     
  20.  
    On air 09:01: Sally Pepper Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    Morning! I'm on BBC Radio Derby at the slightly earlier time from 9am today.

    With the Loudmouths today I'm asking: Should young people have a better knowledge of the Bible?

     
  21.  
    'Relieved' fundraising has stopped 08:45: BBC Radio Derby

    The sister of Mairead Philpott says she's relieved that a fundraising group has finally agreed to stop raising money in the name of six children who died in a house fire in Derby.

    Police stepped in and asked the group, Catch Me When I Fall, to stop raising money after questions were asked about where it had been spent.

    The group has now donated its funds to three charities.

     
  22.  
    M1 closed 08:30:

    Highways Agency tweets: #M1 #Derbyshire On the M1, J28 - J29, we've temporarily halted traffic on the northbound carriageway to allow the Air Ambulance to land.

    Diversions are in place, read more on the Highways Agency website and BBC Travel News.

     
  23.  
    'Lovely sunny start' 08:12: Kaye Forster Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    It's a chilly start with temperatures close to freezing in rural areas this morning, but it's a lovely sunny start.

    There will be clear blues skies through the morning. For many there will be little change into the afternoon, although there may be a little more cloud building later on. The winds will be light, but it shouldn't feel too bad with highs of 12C (54F).

     
  24.  
    Good morning 08:00: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Derbyshire today.

    We hope you have a great bank holiday weekend, whatever you've got planned. Do share your photos if you take any while out and about in Derbyshire on email, Twitter and Facebook.

     

Features

  • Gabriel Garcia MarquezExotic carnival

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez's prose conveyed overflowing imagination


  • Religious sites in Jerusalem's Old CitySacred city

    What makes Jerusalem so holy to three religions?


  • Theresa May's shoes at the 2004 Conservative party conferenceThey wore what?

    10 sartorial moments that reveal the superficiality of politics


  • Lion (generic)On the loose

    How zoos plan for a lion escape


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.