Leeds & West Yorkshire

Harry Whitlam: Funeral for boy killed in tractor accident

Harry Whitlam
Image caption Harry Whitlam's family said he "had a wicked sense of humour"

The family of an 11-year-old boy killed by a tractor at a farm attraction has paid tribute to his "huge personality" on the day of his funeral.

Harry Whitlam from Wakefield in West Yorkshire died after being hit at Swithens Farm near Leeds on 10 August.

His family thanked the emergency services for trying to save his life.

A 48-year-old man remains on bail after being arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving and causing death by dangerous driving.

In a statement released through West Yorkshire Police, Harry's family said: "There are no words to express the grief and sorrow we are feeling for our sad loss.

"We as a family have been overwhelmed by all the messages of support we have received from friends and people who knew Harry.

"Harry was a typical 11 year old, who loved fast cars, motorbikes and had a wicked sense of humour.

"He may have been small in stature but he had a huge personality which seems to have made a big impression on everybody whose lives he touched."

Following the accident, Harry was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary, where he had head surgery, but he died later the same day.

His funeral took place at St Michael's Church, East Ardsley, West Yorkshire.

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