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Bridlington's help for fire deaths family

L-R William, Anthony (AJ) and Maddie Hudson
Image caption The deaths of the three children have deeply affected many people in Bridlington, their uncle said

The uncle of three children who died in a house fire in Bridlington has spoken of the town's support for the family as their funeral was held.

Maddie Hudson, three, Anthony Hudson, five, and William Beale, nine, died in the fire on 11 November.

Mourners at the funeral at Emmanuel Church, in Cardigan Road, included members of the emergency services who attended the fire.

The children's uncle Peter said: "It's like one big family's come together."

Mr Hudson's sister Samantha remains critically ill in Scarborough Hospital and is still unaware of her children's deaths.

'Big void'

On Monday, church staff and volunteers gathered to clear snow and ice from outside the church.

Mr Hudson said that was an example of how the town had rallied to help the family since the tragedy.

Image caption The children were buried in blue and pink coffins

"If their feelings gave heat off it would melt the snow away," he said.

"They've been brilliant. It's like one big family's come together, the whole of Bridlington.

"They were such lovely little children that they've touched a lot of people and they've left a very big void in a lot of people's lives and we're filling it in any way we can with happy memories of them.

"It's touched so many people and their sympathy is something of a comfort."

About 200 people attended the funeral service, following the children's small coffins into the church.

Flowers were taken to the service from pupils at Hilderthorpe primary School, as was a bouquet from the crews at Bridlington Fire Station.

After the service a burial was held at Bridlington cemetery.

The Reverend Chris McCarthy, from Emmanuel Church, said: "The outpouring of the emotion in the community shows that the children we an integral part of the community even in the short time they came.

"To say thank you for their life is very important."

Police have said there is nothing to indicate that the fire was anything other than an accident.

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