Ali Brownlee: Funeral for 'Voice of the Boro'
- 25 February 2016
- From the section Tees
A private funeral has been held for Alastair Brownlee, the BBC Tees presenter who died of cancer last week.
Thousands of football fans turned out to pay their final respects beforehand as a cortege travelled through Middlesbrough.
People were invited to wear red, and many filled the West Stand at the club's Riverside Stadium.
Mr Brownlee, 56, commentated on the club for more than 30 years. He also presented the BBC Tees breakfast show.
Affectionately known as "Voice of the Boro", chants of "There's only one Ali Brownlee" rang out inside the stadium and highlights of his commentary were played on a big screen.
As well as the Riverside, the cortege stopped at Ayresome Street, close to where the club used to play.
Red and white balloons were also released in tribute.
A service was staged at St Mary's Church in Acklam at about 14:00 GMT.
On Tuesday, a minute's applause was held before the club's home game with Cardiff with further applause following in the 56th minute.
Mr Brownlee died at his Middlesbrough home on 14 February, three months after being diagnosed with the disease.