Kieran Knight: Funeral of boy who drowned in France
- 21 August 2013
- From the section Derby
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.
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."